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The Ukrainian military said it blew up a key Russian crossing point over the Siverskyi Donets River on its eastern front, causing heavy casualties in a potentially major blow to Kremlin plans for the Luhansk and Kharkiv regions.

Footage shared by the Ministry of Defense appeared to show a crumbling pontoon with dozens of armored vehicles destroyed or damaged on both banks.

“Gunners of the 17th tank brigade of the #UAarmy kicked off the Christmas period [Russian forces],” the Ministry mentioned On Twitter. “Some bathed in the Siverskyi Donets River, and others were scorched by the May sun.”

Kyiv Strategic Communications Directorate tweeted images of smoldering wreckage and two crumbling beachheads, and said the military 80th Separate Assault Brigade he had “destroyed all attempts by Russian occupiers to cross” the river.

The Siverskyi Donets, which flows from southern Russia through the breakaway Ukrainian regions of Kharkiv and Luhansk, has become a major obstacle to Russia’s attempts to consolidate the territory it has since occupied. invade in february.

Footage released by the Ukrainian Armed Forces appears to show destroyed Russian tanks along a dirt road by the river. Ukrainian Armed Forces

The Ukrainian army said on Wednesday that Russian forces were trying to take full control of Rubizhne, a town of 55,000 people on the east bank of the river, and were carrying out an offensive in Lyman, about 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) away. West.

“[The] The Russian enemy is trying to hold positions on the right bank of the Siversky Donets River.” He said.

The British Ministry of Defense said on Thursday that despite early successes in Kharkiv, Russia has succeeded in recent days. started moving units on the eastern flank of the Siverskyi Donets to “reorganize and rebuild their forces after heavy losses”.

In April, Ukraine to burst a bridge in the neighboring region of Kharkiv in an attempt to halt Russian advances.

“Russia worked to encircle Ukrainian forces,” said William Alberque, director of strategy, technology and arms control at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

“The Ukrainians blew up critical bridges to prevent this. Then the Russians created this floating bridge, creating a bottleneck with a large number of equipment.

Say the details in the website pictures -which showed heavy but concentrated damage- suggested very precise use of heavy artillery guided by drones or nearby ground forces.

Serhiy Haidai, a Ukrainian military officer in Lugansk, was quoted in local media saying that the pontoon attack took place against Russian units seeking to cross the river near the town of Bilohorivka and near the Lysychansk-Bakhmut highwaya key supply route to Ukraine.

“Bilohorivka is now an outpost in Luhansk Oblast where the Ruscists keep trying to cross the river but end up feeding the fish,” he said.

Alberque said that although Russia lost several armored personnel carriers in the attack, it was unlikely to turn the tide of the conflict in Kharkiv and Lugansk.

“I think it will significantly affect operations in the region for some time, but it’s not like Russia is running out” of aircraft carriers, he said.

Instead, Siverskyi Donets’ pontoon attack may offer clues to the tactics deployed by both sides.

“Ukraine uses geography, uses rivers, whatever it can to force the Russians into taking bottlenecks and then attacking those bottlenecks when they become permissive targets,” Alberque said. . .

“Having so many vehicles in such a small space so close to the Ukrainians shows incredibly poor discipline on the part of the Russians.”

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