Fresh shelling delays reopening of Kherson bridge -Interfax

Aug 8 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces fired again on the Antonievsky Bridge in the Russian-controlled city of Kherson, damaging construction equipment and delaying its reopening, the Interfax news agency said on Monday, citing a local Russian-appointed official.

The bridge is one of only two crossing points for Russian troops to enter territory on the west bank of the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine under what Moscow calls a “special military operation” in the country.

It has been a key target for Ukrainian forces in recent weeks, with Kiev using high-precision US-supplied rockets to try to destroy it in preparation for a possible counter-offensive to retake Russian-held areas in the south.

Kirill Stremosov, the Russian-appointed deputy head of the Kherson city administration, told Interfax that the latest shelling did not cause any “serious damage”. He did not say how long the planned reopening would be delayed.

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Reporting by Olzas Oyezov Editing by Mark Heinrich

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