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Ukrainian forces hit a key bridge in the Russian-occupied south

Kyiv – Ukrainian troops struck a strategic bridge essential for Moscow to supply its forces occupying the south of the country, while Russia shelled several areas in Ukraine with missile and artillery strikes.

The Ukrainian military struck the Antoniv bridge over the Dnieper River late Tuesday, said the deputy head of the Moscow-appointed Kherson Oblast administration, Kiril Stremousov.

He said the bridge is still standing, but its deck is riddled with holes that stop vehicles from crossing.

The 1.4-kilometer (0.9-mile) bridge was severely damaged by Ukrainian shelling last week when it took multiple hits. It was closed to trucks but remained open to cars until the strike late Tuesday.

Ukrainian forces used US-supplied HIMARS multiple-launch systems to hit the bridge, Stremousov said.

The bridge is the main crossing over the Dnieper River in the Kherson region. The only other option is a hydroelectric dam in Kakhovka, which was also shelled by Ukraine last week but remains open to traffic.

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Removing the crossings would make it difficult for the Russian military to continue supplying its forces in the region amid repeated Ukrainian attacks.

Early in the war, Russian troops quickly seized the Kherson region north of the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. They faced Ukrainian counterattacks but largely held their ground.

The Ukrainian attacks on the Kherson bridge come as the bulk of Russian forces are locked in fighting in Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland of the Donbas, where they are making slow gains in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance. Deliveries of American weapons such as HIMARS helped slow the Russian advance.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian military casualties had risen to nearly 40,000, adding that tens of thousands more were wounded and maimed. His claim could not be independently verified.

The Russian military last reported its losses in March, when it said 1,351 soldiers were killed in action and 3,825 were wounded.

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Ukrainian forces hit a key bridge in the Russian-occupied south

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