Despite the relative decline of its counterattack over the past days, Russian-appointed officials in the Kherson and Crimean regions confirmed that Ukrainian forces launched a missile attack on a bridge linking Kherson In the south of Ukraine and the Crimea.
Chongar Bridge, leading to #Crimea from #Kherson region, has been exploded.
🔸The missile strike by Storm Shadow has been confirmed by #Aksenov.
🔸Multiple bridges on the border between Crimea and the Kherson region have been reported damaged. 🔸 Road surface has been affected. pic.twitter.com/0iESnB4hju
– Russian Market (@runews) June 22, 2023
Vladimir Saldo, the pro-Russian governor of Kherson, said Thursday that the bridge was likely attacked by British Storm Shadow missiles, which destroyed the road.
But he explained that traffic was diverted to a different road, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, the President of the Republic of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, announced that the Ukrainian forces targeted the “Chongar” bridge, without causing any casualties. He explained on his channel on “Telegram” that explosives experts are currently working to determine the type of explosive materials, and the competent authorities are conducting road surveys.
For his part, the advisor to the President of Crimea, Oleg Kryuchkov, confirmed on his channel on “Telegram” that the movement on the land corridors through the new regions has not been disrupted, pointing out that “the peninsula is connected to Kherson through three transit areas, two in the Armyansk region and one in the region Dzankoy, and the failure of one of them to operate cannot significantly disrupt road traffic…”.
This attack comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed, yesterday, Wednesday, that the counterattack launched by his country about two weeks ago to expel Russian forces from “the lands it occupied in Ukraine” continues, but its intensity has decreased slightly over the past days.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed again that the Ukrainian soldiers had suffered “significant losses”, asserting that there was a “stalemate” on the fronts amid the failure of the counterattack.
The strike also came after the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, warned that Ukrainian army He plans to target Crimea, which his country annexed to its territory in 2014, with American HIMARS and British Storm Shadow missiles, threatening that Moscow will respond by immediately striking decision-making centers in Kiev.
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