Footage has emerged appearing to show the aftermath of a Ukrainian strike on a key bridge which further cut off Russian troops in Kherson.
Social media users said the video released on Saturday showed the remains of the Antonovsky Railway Bridge over the Dnipro River, which is near the site of a Ukrainian counter-offensive from the southwestern city.
Tuesday, the Antonovsky road bridge was heavily damaged as a result of Ukrainian rocket fire from the US-supplied M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems or HIMARS.
The inability of vehicles to use the bridge dealt a blow to Russian forces as it meant it could not be used to resupply their troops across the river, cutting them off from its right bank and blocking them potentially from the rest of the territory occupied by Ukraine.
On Saturday, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russian forces were likely to have set up two pontoon bridges and a ferry system to offset Tuesday’s strikes.
But the damaged railway bridge next to it will deal another blow to Russia, cutting it off from Kherson, which Muscovite troops seized soon after their February 24 invasion.
“Damage to the Antonovsky railway bridge in the Kherson region,” tweeted the social media channel covering the war, Trukha, along with the video in which someone shows the mangled tracks and holes in the construction.
“Looks like there were 2 near misses and 1 or 2 direct hits from HIMAR on the bridge. No trains will be crossing this in the near future,” wrote Oliver Alexander, who tweets at Open Source Intelligence.
“The Ukrainian HIMARS strike destroyed the Antonovsky Railway Bridge, one of three routes that connected the Russian invaders in Kherson to the ‘mainland,'” World on Alert tweeted.
“Visual confirmation that the railway bridge near the Antonovsky Bridge has been badly damaged,” tweeted user Tendar, “Kherson is basically cut.” Newsweek contacted the Ukrainian and Russian defense ministries for comment on the unverified video.
HIMARS strikes have changed the calculus on the battlefield according to a Pentagon official who said on Friday that they had hampered Russia’s war effort and bet on air supremacy.
The decommissioning of the road bridge was a “huge” boost to Ukraine’s efforts to retake Kherson, according to retired US Army Major John Spencer.
Before news of the railway line strike was reported, he told Times Radio on Thursday that it would give the Ukrainians “the chance to make sure the Russians can’t get reinforcements, resupply or withdraw, because the Russians really like to run when they arrive”. …surrounded.”