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Russian pontoon bridge “defected” to Ukraine (video)

The Russian military’s pontoon bridge drifted along the Desna River, “defecting” from Russia and ending up stranded on Ukrainian territory, becoming an unexpected war trophy for Ukrainian forces.
Russian pontoon bridge that floated to Ukraine. Screenshot from Ukraine's Border Guard Service video dated 7 January 2023.
Russian pontoon bridge that floated to Ukraine. Screenshot from Ukraine’s Border Guard Service video dated 7 January 2023.
Russian pontoon bridge “defected” to Ukraine (video)

Ukrainian border guards in northern Ukraine’s Chernihiv Oblast discovered a large object drifting from Russia to Ukraine along the Desna River, Ukraine’s Border Guard Service reported. The object turned out to be a military pontoon bridge.

“Border guards in Chernihiv Oblast watched the suspicious structure until it was stranded near the Desna Bank on Ukrainian territory. It turned out to be a pontoon bridge, which until recently served as a crossing point for Russians. […] Sappers have determined that the metal structure is not a threat,” the report reads.

Ukraine’s defense forces will use the unexpected war trophy in their operations.

Russians withdrew their troops from Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts early in their full-scale invasion of Ukraine, back in March 2022. However, they continued to harass the border communities carrying out regular shelling and air attacks on the settlements and sending saboteur groups to attack Ukrainian border guard patrols and other members of the defense forces.

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