For the ninth time, Ukrainian paratroopers have defeated Russian soldiers trying to build a pontoon bridge across a river in eastern Ukraine, the press service of the 80th Separate Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported in a Facebook post on May 13.
"When the enemy tried to construct a pontoon crossing and conduct a forced crossing of the river on the eastern axis, the artillery of 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade once again dealt a heavy blow to the enemy, destroying pontoons and thwarting nine attempts to cross," the statement reads.
Reportedly, the paratroopers destroyed at least 73 units of equipment, including:
● T-72 tanks;
● infantry fighting vehicle;
● airborne combat vehicle;
● armored personnel carriers;
● other special equipment.
"By ruining the enemy's plan to cross the river for a further offensive, the paratroopers destroyed an entire battalion-tactical group of invaders," the press center added.
Russia is attempting to ford the Siverskyi Donets river in order to push their assault further into Ukrainian territory in Donbas.