Ukraine hits occupied Kherson’s key bridge on next day after Russian officials inspected it

Ukraine hits occupied Kherson’s key bridge on next day after Russian officials inspected it

Key bridges in the Russian-occupied part of Kherson Oblast. Map: Euromaidan Press, based on the DeepState map (the frontline situation is shown as of 21 Sep 2022). 

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At about 23:00 on 20 October, a Kherson Telegram channel reported explosions in the area of the Antonivskyi Bridge, the only road bridge connecting the occupied city of Kherson to the rest of the Russian-occupied southern part of Ukraine. Locals said that the bridge came under fire as the Russian air defenses were active but to no avail – one of the Russian SAM missiles “just fell.” Six hits were heard, which corresponds to the number of GMLRS rockets in one pod carried by HIMARS.

Meanwhile, the popular Russian Telegram channel Readovka claimed that Ukraine launched 12 HIMARS rockets, of which the Russian air defenses ostensibly shot down 11.

At that time, Russian military equipment and troops could have been on the move crossing the Dnipro River, the Kherson newspaper Most suggested as “the invaders have been actively moving to the left-bank (i.e. western, – Ed.) part of Kherson Oblast.”

On October 19, the chief of the Russian occupation administration in Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, and the Russian Presidential Administration’s Deputy Head Sergei Kiriyenko inspected the crossing.

The Ukrainian troops attack the bridge and Russian forces in its area on the regular basis using the Western-provided GMLRS rocket systems. The damage to the bridge rendered it impassable and many Russian attempts to repair it failed due to the repeated attacks. Recently, the occupation forces built an alternative crossing under the Antonivskyi bridge using the stolen Ukrainian barges.

Local Telegram channels reported that up to seven ambulances rushed to the area after the explosions. Russian Telegram channels claimed that “many civilian cars came under fire,” although it’s next to impossible that civilian cars could be using the crossing at night during the curfew.

“Three [ambulances] drove back heavy (i.e. carrying the wounded), followed by 7-8 cars and a white bus marked with a V sign,” the Khuyovyi Kherson Telegram channel later wrote referring to private reports from Kherson locals.

After the hits on the Antonivskyi bridge, Russian bloggers announced that the ferry crossing in the area of the bridge becomes accessible for civilian cars during the daytime.

All the bridges connecting the Russian “right-bank” grouping of forces in Kherson to the rest of the occupied territory have been damaged so Russia had to use improvised ferry crossings to supply its troops and build new bridges near Nova Kakhovka:

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