Ukraine says it took out important bridge in occupied south

KYIV, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Ukrainian rocket fire hit a key bridge used by Russian-held forces in the southern Kherson region on Friday, putting it out of action, Ukraine’s southern military command said.

“Rocket artillery units continued operations, including ensuring control of the Darivskyi bridge. Its operations are currently suspended,” the Southern Command said in a statement.

There was no immediate reaction from Moscow.

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The Darivski Bridge, spanning about 100 meters (yards), is the only Russian-controlled crossing across the Inhulets River, a tributary of the mighty Dnipro.

The Inhulets divide the Russian-occupied lands west of the Dnipro into two parts. Those areas are connected to the east bank of the Dnieper – towards Russia – by a bridge each.

Both of those bridges have been hit by Ukrainian attacks in recent weeks but the crossings are still open.

Decommissioning the Darevsky bridge could seriously complicate routes between the two parts of Russian-controlled territory west of the Dnipro.

If even one of the two Russian-held bridges across the Dnipro were to be taken out of action, it could completely cut off some Russian forces.

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Report by Max Hunder; Editing by Angus McSwan

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