The Armed Forces of Ukraine withdrew from the construction of the Kakhovskiy Bridge across the Dnieper. Can this be considered the beginning of the blockade of Russian troops near Kherson?
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The Dnieper bridge across the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station was removed from the structure. According to the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, this happened on the night of August 12 as a result of accurate strikes by the Ukrainian army.
“As part of the performance of fire tasks by rocket and artillery units, the superiority of the automobile bridge of the Novaya Kakhovka dam was ensured, with control over its illegal use in use,” said Vladislav Nazarov, a representative of the Yug task force.
Thus, the bridge is removed from the structure and cannot be used to move industrial equipment.
The bridge near the hydroelectric power station in Nova Kakhovka is one of three crossings across the Dnieper in the Kherson region. The other two are the Antonovsky automobile bridge near Kherson and the railway bridge, located six kilometers apart.
The withdrawal from any of the crossings is a serious logistical problem for the Russian army based in the area on the coast of the Dnieper.
The Kakhovskiy Bridge is already the second object that has become unsuitable for communications. Earlier, as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian army, the Antonovsky automobile bridge was damaged, and the transfer of French French equipment through it is now also impossible.
Interrupted supply chains strongly reflect the combat capability of Russian forces, experts say.
What do they say in Russia?
In the Russian-controlled occupation administration of the Kherson region, shelling in the annex of the hydroelectric power station was recognized. There, it was discovered that Ukrainian troops had attacked Novaya Kakhovka using American HIMARS missile systems.
“Part of the rocket fell, part was shot down,” the TASS agency quotes Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the administration of the occupying authorities.
But according to him, the bridge of the Kakhovskaya HPP was not damaged.
Ukrainian troops glider strikes on bridges in the Kherson region.
In July, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at the Antonovsky bridge. Also, the Armed Forces of Ukraine previously delivered strikes on the Daryevsky bridge across the Ingulets River, which connects two parts of the occupied territory of Russia on the right of the coast of the Kherson region.
Interrupted supply chains
Western analysts have found that Ukrainian troops managed to interrupt the supply of the Russian army on the right bank of the Dnieper River near Kherson.
In its next report of August 13, British intelligence writes about serious supply problems that the Russian command will inevitably face.
In Russia’s final days, there has been only occasional repairs to the damaged Antonovsky Road Bridge, but structural damage.
A significant share was even more influenced by the main railway bridge near Kherson.
Since the end of July, Russia has been using the pontoon crossing at the railway bridge as the main supply route for its army. Even if there is significant repair of bridges in Russia, they reveal the most vulnerable places.
Overland supplies for the several thousand Russian Jews stationed on the western bank of the Dnieper depend mainly on two specific pontoon ferry crossings.
Due to non-compliance with supply chains, the combat effectiveness of the army on the west bank will depend on the volume of previously produced supply stocks, British intelligence concludes.
The American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) also suggests the use of the Kakhovka Bridge across the Dnieper and its significant logistics for the occupying forces.