The acting governor of Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine’s southern Kherson Oblast said Sunday that Ukrainian forces used British-provided Storm Shadow missiles to strike a bridge that connects Kherson to Crimea.
Vladimir Saldo said the Ukrainian attack struck the Chongar Bridge and the village of Chongar in southern Kherson. “Kiev’s terrorists shelled the Chongar Bridge and the settlement of Chongar with NATO’s Storm Shadows,” Saldo wrote on Telegram.
Saldo also claimed that Storm Shadow missiles damaged a school. “The bridge was damaged by a missile, but the most vile thing done by the Kiev regime is that a school in the settlement was hit,” he said. No casualties were reported in the Ukrainian attack.
The UK began providing Ukraine with Storm Shadow missiles back in May, which marked a significant escalation of NATO support. France announced in July that it would begin supplying Ukraine with its version of the Storm Shadows, known as SCALP missiles.
Storm Shadows are air-fired and have a range of 155 miles, much longer than the munitions the US has been providing Ukraine for the HIMARS artillery rocket systems.
The primary munitions Ukraine has been using with the HIMARS have a range of up to 50 miles, although there have been reports of Kyiv using US-provided Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDB), which can hit targets up to 94 miles away. The US is still holding off on giving Kyiv Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), which have a range of 190 miles.