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Ukrainian missile hits bridge connecting Crimea to mainland

A Ukrainian missile struck one of the few bridges linking Crimea with mainland Ukraine, cutting off one of the main supply routes to Russian occupation forces in the south of the country as Ukraine pushes to clear the occupation forces.

Meanwhile, on the Eastern Front, Ukrainian forces have contained Russian forces and are not allowing them to advance “one meter,” Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hannah Mariar said on the Telegram app on Thursday.

He added that Ukrainian forces on the Southern Front, which had recaptured several villages last week, were “gradually advancing. Partially successful. Pushing back the enemy and leveling the front.”

Ukraine is in the early stages of the war’s most ambitious counteroffensive, attacking supply lines to disrupt Russia’s defenses in the occupied southern territories.

Ukraine has recaptured eight villages so far, but has yet to put most of its forces into battle and says its troops have yet to reach Russia’s main defensive line.

Vladimir Sard, the head of the Russian-installed government in the occupied territories of Ukraine’s Kherson province, has released a video of himself on a bridge on the Chonghar road, where the asphalt has been crater-blasted.

“This is yet another pointless act by the Kiev regime on orders from London. It does not solve anything as far as special military operations are concerned,” he said, vowing to repair the bridge and restore traffic.

The bridge is one of the few access roads to Crimea connected to mainland Ukraine by a narrow isthmus.

Alternate routes require hours of detours on poor roads.

Russia’s new agency, the RIA, said repairs could take weeks, citing a Russian-installed transport official.

The bridge is out of range of the battlefield rockets that Ukraine has been using for a year, but it is within range of newly deployed weapons such as air-launched cruise missiles from Britain and France, safe for Russia weeks ago. There is a possibility of attacking the distribution route that was determined to be.

Yuri Sobolevsky, a Ukrainian official at the governing body of the Kherson region, said the attack “had a blow to the military logistics of the occupiers.”

“The psychological impact on the occupiers and the occupying forces is even more important. There is no place on the territory of the Kherson region where they feel safe,” he said.

Russian investigators said Ukrainian forces had fired four missiles at the bridge, according to the RIA news agency.

The newspaper quoted a spokesman for the military investigative agency as saying that marks found on the wreckage of one missile suggested it was manufactured in France.

Ukrainian Mariar said the fighting in the Raiman district in the northern Donetsk region was “the most difficult”.

In the south, Ukrainian forces continue to attack the city of Melitopol in the Zaporizhia region and the port of Berdyansk in the Sea of ​​Azov, he said.

Russia claims it fended off Ukrainian counterattacks and suffered heavy casualties, which Ukraine denies.

Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has accused Russian military leaders of lying to President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people about the extent of Russia’s losses and setbacks in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has admitted that progress has been slow so far, but his troops are cautiously advancing into heavily mined and well-defended areas to minimize losses. said.

President Zelensky on Thursday accused Russia of planning a terrorist attack on Europe’s largest Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, located on Russian territory near the front line.

Russia has denied such plans.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday accused Russia of murdering 136 children in Ukraine in 2022, a global crime, according to a UN Security Council report on children and armed conflict seen by Reuters. added the military to the list of victims. .

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, it has denied targeting civilians.

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