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Russian troops could remain stranded after Ukrainian forces rendered a key road crossing of the Dnipro River “unusable”, the Defense Ministry said.

The latest intelligence update explains: “The two main road bridges providing access to the pocket of Russian-occupied territory on the west bank of the Dnipro in Kherson Oblast are now likely out of service for resupply purposes. substantial military.

“On August 10, 2022, Ukrainian precision strikes likely rendered the road across the Dnipro River at Nova Kakhovka unusable for heavy military vehicles.”

The update adds: “Last week, the main railway bridge near Kherson was also further damaged. Since late July 2022, Russia has been using a pontoon ferry near the railway bridge as its main military supply route.

“In recent days, Russia has only managed to make superficial repairs to the damaged Antonivsky road bridge, which probably remains structurally undermined.

“Even if Russia manages to make significant repairs to the bridges, they will remain a key vulnerability. Ground resupply for the several thousand Russian troops in the West Bank almost certainly depends on just two pontoon ferry crossings.

“With their limited supply chain, the size of the stockpiles that Russia has managed to establish in the West Bank is likely to be a key factor in the endurance of the force.”

Christi C. Elwood