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Defending troops in Donbas. Picture by Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo

Defending troops in Donbas. Picture by Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo

Defending troops in Donbas. Picture by Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo

Ukraine’s army has shelled key bridges used by Russia to send reinforcements and ammunition to occupied Kherson, part of an offensive to retake the region that fell at the start of the war.

British intelligence said the Russian army was using a tributary of the Dnipro River as a natural defensive line to bombard attacking Ukrainian units.

“In the last 48 hours, heavy fighting has been taking place as Ukrainian forces have continued their offensive against Russian forces in Kherson Oblast, west of the River Dnipro,” the defence ministry said.

It also highlighted the Antonivsky Bridge, the main artery for Russian forces to resupply Kherson across the Dnipro River from Crimea, as vital for Russia’s defence of the region.

The Ukrainian military has last week shelled the bridge. If it is destroyed, it will force the Russian military to detour or build a temporary bridge, which the defence ministry said was a “high risk” operation.

James Rushton, a British security analyst in Kyiv, said Ukraine planned to cut off Kherson city from Russian reinforcements by blowing up bridges.

“The Ukrainians are continuing their campaign of hitting bridges in Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast.

Last night, the bridge over the Inhulets River in Dar’ivka was damaged by shelling,” he said.

Dar’ivka is about five miles north-west of Kherson and provides a secondary supply route to the city across the Inhulets River, which flows into the Dnipro River. Russia captured Kherson region early in the war. Since then, it has insisted Russian roubles are the only legal tender and made schoolchildren learn a Russian syllabus.

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