KHERSON, UKRAINE JULY 19, 2022: A view of Antonovsky road bridge across the Dnieper River. On July 19, the Ukrainian Armed Forces hit the bridge with US-supplied HIMARS rockets. The Russian Armed Forces are carrying out a special military operation in Ukraine in response to requests from the leaders of the Donetsk People s Republic and Lugansk People s Republic for help. Sergei Bobylev/TASS PUBLICATIONxINxGERxAUTxONLY TS13ADD7

Most recently, Ukraine in the south of the country had started counter-offensives. And Russia took this seriously, strengthening its defensive positions in that part of the country, according to reports from last weekend.

The Antonovsky Bridge over the Dnieper River was also hit by the Ukrainian attacks. The bridge has strategic importance, as the British secret service writes in its daily situation report. Because it is only one of two roads that lead across the river and which Russian troops could use to bring their forces into and out of the occupied Kherson region. Kherson is located opposite the Crimean peninsula annexed by Moscow.

The Russian news agency Tass has now reported that the bridge was so badly damaged that it is expected to be closed to traffic. The British secret service, in turn, had announced that it was probably still usable, but a weak point for the Russian troops. Control of the crossings is therefore likely to become a key factor in fighting in the region – just as it was at the beginning of the war when Russia conquered the region.

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