The Ukrainian Armed Forces disabled the Kakhovskiy bridge across the Dnieper. Can this be considered the beginning of the blockade of Russian troops near Kherson?

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Peter Kavinsky

The bridge across the Dnieper on the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station was put out of action. According to the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, this happened on the night of August 12 as a result of accurate strikes by the Ukrainian army.

“As part of the performance of fire missions by rocket and artillery units, the automobile bridge of the Novaya Kakhovka dam was hit with a control exception of using it for its intended purpose,” said Vladislav Nazarov, a spokesman for the Yug operational command.

Thus, the bridge is disabled and cannot be used to move military equipment.

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The bridge near the hydroelectric power station in Nova Kakhovka is one of three crossings across the Dnieper in the Kherson region. The other two are the Antonovsky automobile bridge near Kherson and the railway bridge, located six kilometers apart.

Disabling any of these crossings means serious logistical problems for the Russian army based in the area on both banks of the Dnieper.

Antonovsky bridge across the Dnieper
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Antonovsky bridge across the Dnieper was the main artery, which was used to supply Russian troops in Kherson

The Kakhovskiy bridge is already the second object that has become unsuitable for communication. Earlier, as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian army, the Antonovsky automobile bridge was damaged, and the transfer of heavy military equipment across it is now also impossible.

Interrupted supply chains will greatly affect the combat capability of Russian troops, experts say.

What do they say in Russia?
In the Russian-controlled occupation administration of the Kherson region, shelling in the direction of the hydroelectric power station was recognized. They claim that Ukrainian troops attacked Novaya Kakhovka using American HIMARS missile systems.

“Part of the missiles fell, some were shot down,” the TASS agency quotes Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the administration of the occupying authorities.

But according to him, the bridge of the Kakhovskaya HPP was not damaged.

Ukrainian troops systematically strike at bridges in the Kherson region.

In July, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at the Antonovsky bridge. Also, the Armed Forces of Ukraine previously delivered strikes on the Daryevsky bridge across the Ingulets River, which connects two parts of the Russian-occupied territory on the right bank of the Kherson region.

Interrupted supply chains
Kakhovskaya HPP
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The Russian military seized the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station on February 24, on the first day of a full-scale invasion

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Western analysts claim that Ukrainian troops managed to interrupt the supply of the Russian army on the right bank of the Dnieper near Kherson.

In its regular report of August 13, British intelligence writes about serious supply problems that the Russian command will inevitably face.

In recent days, Russia has only been able to carry out surface repairs to the damaged Antonovsky Road Bridge, but structural damage remains.

Last week, the main railway bridge near Kherson suffered even more damage.

Since the end of July, Russia has been using the pontoon crossing at the railway bridge as the main supply route for its army. Even if Russia manages to carry out significant repairs to the bridges, they will remain a major vulnerability.

Ground supplies to support the several thousand Russian troops stationed on the western bank of the Dnieper depend mainly on two crossing points on pontoon ferries.

Due to the disruption of supply chains, the combat capability of the Russian army on the west bank will depend on the volume of previously produced supply stocks, British intelligence concludes.

The American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) also confirms the fact of the defeat of the Kakhovka bridge across the Dnieper and its importance for the logistics of the occupying forces.

 

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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