Russian troops forced to intervene in southern Ukraine as Kyiv steps up attacks Russian forces in the occupied Kherson region of southern Ukraine are finding it increasingly difficult to keep ammunition, armor and fuel flowing to front-line units, according to Ukrainian officials and Western analysts, thanks to a concerted campaign by Ukraine to cut river and rail supply lines, as well as attack ammunition depots. The Russians are moving command posts from the north of the Dnipro River to the south bank, as the bridges have been badly damaged, according to Ukrainian officials. The first deputy head of the Kherson regional council, Yuri Sobolevsky, stated on his Telegram channel that a significant part of the Russian military command had already left the city of Kherson. The Ukrainian forces are about 25 kilometers north of the city, in the direction of Mykolaiv. Much of the Kherson region has been occupied since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As part of Kyiv’s counteroffensive to try to recapture lost territory in the south, Ukrainian forces are attacking critical bridges to disrupt supply routes in and around Kherson. The Institute for the Study of War, a US-based think tank, said on Sunday that the Russians could be marching across the river “to avoid being trapped in the city of Kherson if Ukrainian attacks cut off all land lines of communication connecting the right bank of the Dnipro River with the Russian rear.” Videos have surfaced on social media in recent days showing new long-range artillery attacks on the Antonivskyi Bridge and a road bridge over the dam near Nova Kakhovka, making them impassable for heavily armored vehicles. In some areas, the river is up to 1 kilometer wide, making pontoon bridges impracticable. The Ukrainians have also attacked several railway lines from the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula to the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. On Tuesday, a series of loud explosions rocked the town of Dzankhoy on the main line to Kherson. A recent video showed a significant number of military vehicles and ammunition at the scene. Two railway lines in Crimea have been attacked in the last 10 days. Last week, local residents reported several hours of explosions in the Henichesk district, a port area along the Sea of Azov, and the westernmost railway in Brylivka was also hit. “In the last week we have destroyed more than 10 ammunition depots and groups of military equipment. These impacts do not allow the movement of heavy equipment over these bridges,” said the Southern Operational Command of the Ukrainian army. None of this suggests an imminent Russian withdrawal from Kherson. Olga Voitovych, Yulia Kesaieva, and Mariya Knight contributed reporting.
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