Russia has completed a barge bridge in Kherson region, says UK intelligence

22 October 2022, 05:49 PM
Antonivsky bridge (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Antonivsky bridge (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

The completion of a barge bridge alongside the damaged Antonovskiy bridge in Kherson has likely provided Russia with additional material and logistic benefits, the UK Ministry of Defence said in a report on Twitter on Oct. 22.

According to UK intelligence, Russian forces continue to reinforce crossing points over the Dnipro River. They have also finished a barge bridge near the damaged Antonovskiy bridge.

“It is likely this is the first time the Russian military have needed to utilise this type of bridge for decades,” the report reads.

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“Using civilian barges likely provides Russia additional material and logistics benefits, (the army) having lost significant quantities of military bridging equipment and engineering personnel during its invasion.”

If the barge bridge is damaged, Russia will very probably attempt to quickly repair the bridge or replace the damaged sections, as it is constantly under heavy pressure form the Ukrainian army in Kherson Oblast.

On Oct. 20, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of preparing to unleash a massive act of terror – destroying the dam of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HEPP) in Kherson Oblast.

Ukrainian forces are continuing an offensive in Kherson Oblast, the chief city of which is the only major regional center captured by the Russians in their full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s South Operational Command said that the invaders probably still consider blowing up the Kakhovka HPP dam “as a last resort,” in particular, if their defenses in Kherson Oblast collapse.

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