Ukrainian forces have once more broken a key bridge linking Russian-controlled Crimea to mainland Ukraine utilizing Western-supplied Storm Shadow missiles, in accordance with a Russian-backed official in southern Ukraine.
Ukraine fired NATO Storm Shadow missiles on the Chonhar Bridge, which hyperlinks the Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula with Ukraine’s contested southern Kherson area, the Moscow-backed Kherson regional governor, Vladimir Saldo, stated on Sunday.
“The enemy launched a missile strike within the space of the Chonhar bridge within the north of Crimea,” Sergey Aksyonov, the Russian-installed Crimea governor, stated on Telegram.
Kyiv additionally focused a bridge stretching throughout the close by Henichesk Strait, firing a complete of 12 missiles, Saldo stated.
Of those, 9 had been intercepted by Russian air defenses, he stated in a press release, including that one civilian was wounded within the assault.
Visitors was stopped on each bridges, and there are “three holes” within the Chonhar Bridge, Saldo stated.
Restore work has already begun, Aksyonov added.
Saldo then posted a sequence of pictures he stated confirmed the aftermath of the strikes, with harm seen within the middle of the highway bridge. Though Newsweek couldn’t independently confirm these pictures, Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s inside ministry, posted comparable pictures to social media which have circulated widely online.
Unverified footage purportedly displaying the strike’s rapid aftermath and smoke across the bridge has additionally been shared by Ukrainian outlet, Ukrainska Pravda.
The Ukrainian Protection Ministry has been contacted for remark through electronic mail.
Each Paris and London have offered the Anglo-French Storm Shadow, or SCALP, missiles to Ukraine in latest months. The long-range weapons give Kyiv the flexibility to strike hardened Russian targets at a larger distance.
Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 however Ukraine has reiterated guarantees to reclaim the territory from Moscow’s management. Kyiv has beforehand focused the Chonhar Bridge, together with the Kerch Bridge connecting mainland Russia to the peninsula.
Ukrainian officers claimed duty for strikes on the Chonhar Bridge in late July and in mid-June, which Saldo additionally blamed on Storm Shadow missiles.
Consultants say Ukrainian strikes hone in on essential Russian navy bases and infrastructure. The Chonhar Bridge passes via northern Crimea, linking the Russian navy logistics hub at Dzhankoi to Melitopol, a metropolis in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia area, which is occupied by Russian forces.
Dzhankoi was beforehand described by the British Protection Ministry as considered one of “crucial Russian navy airfields in Crimea,” in addition to a “key highway and rail junction” important for supplying Russia’s troops in southern Ukraine.
A Russian checkpoint at Dzhankoi was “quickly suspended” following the strike, Russian state media reported.