Ukraine’s “counter-offensive is now gathering pace” and Russian troops have been warned to “retreat or be annihilated” from Kherson after they have destroyed a key river crossing.
Using the US supplied HIMAR missile systems (high mobility artillery rocket systems) Ukraine forces have destroyed the Antonovsky bridge as they are attempting to retake the Donbas city.
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) detailed in their daily intelligence update, “Ukraine has used its new long-range artillery to damage at least three of the bridges across the Dnipro River which Russia relies upon to supply the areas under its control.
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“One of these, the 1000-metre long Antonovsky bridge near Kherson city, was damaged last week.
“Ukraine struck it again on 27 July 2022 and it is highly likely that the crossing is now unusable.”
Ukrainian forces have now “cut off” the Russian army who are now “highly vulnerable” in the city of Kherson which was the first city to be taken when the war started on 24 February.
A Ukrainian official said, “Ukraine’s Kherson counter-offensive is now gathering pace. As with so many wars, one central part of the campaign is boiling down to a race to seize and destroy bridges.”
The Ukrainian Defence Ministry warned “Russian occupiers in Kherson” to “retreat or be annihilated” then added, “the choice is theirs.”
Mikhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, wrote on Twitter: “Occupiers should learn how to swim across the Dnipro River.
“Or (they) should leave Kherson while it is still possible.
“There may not be a third warning.”
The MoD said Ukrainian troops’s counter-offensive is now “gathering momentum” in the city.
Thursday morning the Mod said, “Their forces have highly likely established a bridgehead south of the Ingulets River, which forms the northern boundary of Russian-occupied Kherson.”
They added that the “new long-range artillery” is playing a crucial role in the counter-offensive, including US supplied HIMARS.
Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to Zelensky, said on Tuesday, “HIMARS dealt another powerful blow to one of the two bridges, which are used by the invaders for a massive transfer of troops.
“Let’s hope that this time the Antonovsky Bridge will not withstand the power of the HIMARS missile attack.”