Moscow-installed authorities in the Russian-controlled Ukrainian city of Kherson on Wednesday closed a key bridge after Ukraine’s forces struck the area using US-provided High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), Reuters reported.
The Antonivskyi bridge is the only bridge that crosses the Dnieper River in the city and was closed to civilians after the strike. Kirill Stremousov, the deputy head of the Kherson administration, said that while the bridge has been closed, its structural integrity has not suffered.
“Traffic on the bridge is blocked. Indeed, another HIMARS strike was launched during the night,” Stremousov said. “We have provided for all things like this, and in fact there are several ferry crossings.”
Ukraine also claimed that it destroyed a Russian ammunition depot in the region and killed 51 Russian troops, but the claims were not confirmed by Moscow.
Also on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian forces destroyed 100 HIMARS missiles in July 24 strikes on an ammunition depot in Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk region. The destruction of the HIMARS ammunition has not been verified, and Ukraine usually denies it when Russia says it took out Western-supplied arms.
So far, the US has pledged 16 HIMARS systems to Ukraine and is promising to send more “as quickly as possible.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the more long-range weapons the US and its allies give to Ukraine, the more Russia will push into Ukrainian territory.