Ukraine latest: Russia could face significant military setback, MoD says, as heavy fighting rages in Kherson

Supply lines of the Russian forces west of the vast Dnipro river were ‘increasingly at risk’, the latest Ministry of Defence intelligence update found

By Joe Duggan

Heavy fighting has raged in the Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast over the past 48 hours as Ukrainian forces continue their offensive, with Moscow facing a “significant military and political setback”, British defence chiefs have reported.

Russian troops are believed to be bombarding Ukrainian positions with artillery strikes in a bid to slow the advance along the Ingulets River in southern Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Supply lines of the Russian forces west of the vast Dnipro river were “increasingly at risk”, the MoD added.

Ukrainian attacks had caused further damage to the crucial Antonivskyi bridge – one of only two crossing points for Russian forces to the territory they have occupied on the western bank of the Dnipro.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian shelling badly damaged the bridge, Moscow-installed regional authorities in Kherson said.

The bridge has been a key target for Ukrainian forces in recent days, with Kyiv using high-precision US-supplied rockets to try to destroy it.

Despite the damage inflicted by the Ukrainians, the MoD said Russia had carried out some temporary repairs and the bridge was “almost certainly open to some traffic”.

The MoD said: “It has not been possible to verify claims by Ukrainian officials that Russia is preparing to construct an alternative, military pontoon bridge across the Dnipro.

“The Russian army prioritises maintaining its military bridging capability, but any attempt to construct a crossing of the Dnipro would be a very high risk operation.

“If the Dnipro crossings were denied, and Russian forces in occupied Kherson cut off, it would be a significant military and political setback for Russia.”

It comes as Boris Johnson told Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky that UK support will “not waver” regardless of who becomes the next Prime Minister.

In a call between the two leaders, Mr Johnson “stressed the UK’s ongoing determination to support the Ukrainian people.

KHERSON, UKRAINE – JULY 15: Ukrainian soldiers from artillery batteries at the frontline in Kherson are seen on their duty in Kherson, Ukraine on July 15, 2022. Ukrainian artillerymen in the military assembly center check the weapons and special equipment to make them ready before they go to their duties at the frontline in Kherson. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Mr Johnson also welcomed a deal to allow the resumption of exports of grain through the Black Sea ports after they were blockaded by Vladimir Putin’s forces.

Last night, Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements with Turkey and the United Nations to clear the way for millions of tons of desperately needed grain and fertiliser, boosting hopes that an international food crisis can be averted.

The blockade by Russia’s Black Sea fleet had cut off supplies to markets around the world, with food agencies warning that millions of people in poorer countries that rely on aid shipments of food from the region could be pushed to the brink of starvation.

Kherson, which was seized by Russian forces in March, has become the focal point of a Ukrainian counterattack in the south five months after the war erupted.

Dr Mike Martin, a visiting fellow in war studies at King’s College London, believes that Russia could withdraw from Kherson as a result of the renewed Ukrainian offensive.

Ukraine had been hitting command and control posts, including headquarters, communications sites and air defence radar up to 70km away as well as arms dumps, forcing Russia to move their caches further back, causing supply problems for their frontline troops, Dr Martin said.

He tweeted: “If I were a Russian soldier in Kherson I would be pretty scared right now.

“The way to get an enemy force to collapse is to hit their command and control, hit their logistics, and then start playing games with their minds.

“I would be watching Kherson very closely over the next ten days. I think we might be about to see another Russian ‘goodwill’ gesture as they pull out of Kherson.”

Overnight, 13 Russian missiles struck a military airfield and railway infrastructure in the Kirovograd region today, according to reports.

This morning, Russian missiles hit infrastructure in the port of Odesa, Ukrainian military officials said.

Meanwhile, the US has promised more military support for Ukraine, including drones, and is considering whether to send fighter aircraft, as Russian forces shelled towns and cities in the east.

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7 comments

  1. “I would be watching Kherson very closely over the next ten days. I think we might be about to see another Russian ‘goodwill’ gesture as they pull out of Kherson.”

    Yeah. Then we will see how Muscovy react to Kherson being liberated from real nazis.

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    • What makes me mad is the fact that the defenders could have been pounding those nazi fucks into dirt right now if they had been given enough heavy weapons.

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  2. With more pinpoint strikes at ammo dumps, bridges, command posts and fuel depots, the cockroaches will get squeezed out of Kherson much easier, just like a big, fat zit.

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  3. Although HIMARS is providing greater accuracy, range and AFU has put many holes into the Antonivskyi bridge. The shells are not really designed for bridge destruction. Ukraine may need to look into alternatives in the near future for such a target. God bless and keep the women and men of the AFU safe as they devastate the orc horde. Side note I’m overjoyed at hearing of the destruction of Iranian drones by Israel in Syria.

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  4. I agree Sir Scradge the foot dragging on heavy weapons, air defenses, and aircraft, have been exasperating. The delays have cost many lives and billions in damage that could have been prevented.

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