UK intelligence reveals challenges Russian logistics face in southern Ukraine
As of mid-August, Russian forces have been still using pontoon bridges at the Chonhar and Henichesk checkpoints along the border between southern Ukraine and occupied Crimea.
The UK Ministry of Defense reported the information.
According to the report, both key bridges were damaged by Ukrainian precision strikes in early August 2023.
According to intelligence, the pontoon bridges are unlikely to be able to fully withstand the flow of heavy vehicles transporting ammunition and weapons to the front.
"The resulting bottlenecks mean Russian forces are partially reliant on a long diversion via Armiansk, northern Crimea. This is adding further friction to Russia’s logistics network in the south," the report said.
Strikes on the Chonhar Bridge
On the night of June 22, Russia reported an explosion on the Chonhar Bridge near the temporarily occupied Crimea.
On the morning of July 29, the Ukrainian Defense Forces launched another successful strike on the Chonhar Bridge. The information about the Ukrainian Armed Forces' successful strike was confirmed by the Center for Strategic Communications in the evening of the same day.
On August 6, Ukrainian Defense Forces missiles hit the Chonhar Bridge and the bridge across the Tonka Strait connecting the city of Henichesk with the Arabat Spit.
On August 7, Serhiy Khlan, a deputy of the Kherson Regional Council, said that the Chonhar Bridge is still out of operation, and small armored personnel carriers of Russian troops are already moving across the bridge towards Henichesk.
Also, Natalia Humeniuk, head of the joint coordination center of Ukraine’s South Defense Forces, noted that Russia’s logistics are facing challenges due to problems with transportation routes.