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Russia Might Have Issues Getting More Weapons Into Ukraine

HIMARS in Ukraine. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
HIMARS. This is similar to what is being used in Ukraine.

Ukraine Damages Key Russian Military Supply Bridge In Zaporizhzhia Oblast – Local reports from Zaporizhzhia Oblast suggest that Ukrainian forces on Monday damaged a bridge out along a key Russian military supply route.

According to local reports, a railway bridge close to the village of Starabohdanivka in the Zaporizhzhia region was hit by Ukrainian shells, potentially impacting Russia’s ability to deliver weapons and military equipment to troops in the area.

The reports were confirmed by a statement issued by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Monday evening.

“Near the settlement of Starobohdanivka, Zaporizhzhia region, the Defense Forces damaged a railway bridge, which was used by the occupiers to deliver weapons and military equipment,” the statement reads.

The same update also described how Russian forces are on the defense in the Zaporizhzhia region, with Ukrainian forces having struck Russian settlements in recent days.

“In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the occupiers are defending themselves. Areas of the settlements of Vremivka, Novosilka, Novopil, Chervone, Zaliznychne, Dorozhnyanka and Kamianske of Zaporizhzhia oblast were damaged by fire,” the update also reads.

Ukrainian officials did not confirm how much damage was done to the bridge and whether it remains functional.

Still, the news indicates that Ukraine remains committed to cutting off Russia’s ability to supply troops via key supply routes and bridges.

This bridge, 40km from the city of Melitopol, has been widely used by Russian forces to deliver weapons, supplies, and other military equipment to Russian positions in Melitopol and throughout Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

Ukrainian officials also refrained from providing information about the kind of weapon used to cause damage to the bridge – though if past strikes on key Russian supply bridges are anything to go by, Ukrainian troops may have used Western-supplied HIMARS.

If Ukrainian troops did not successfully destroy the bridge, more strikes could be on the way.

Russians Reportedly Kidnapping Melitopol Residents

According to Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov, Russian forces in Melitopol have kidnapped more than 500 Ukrainians, many of whom were also tortured.

Speaking to the Kyiv Post, Fedorov said that many of the soldiers taken as prisoners by invading forces have been subject to extreme conditions.

“I have just been informed about a released prisoner from Melitopol who was left with only skin and bones,” Fedorov told the news outlet. “His skull is fractured, and he said conditions in Russian captivity are worse than in Auschwitz.”

Fedorov himself has previously been subject to the same treatment, having been detained for six days by Russian authorities.

The Ukrainian official described how Russian soldiers would purposely break the arms and legs of Ukrainian soldiers to instill fear in the other prisoners.

The Melitopol mayor also said that while many of the 500 prisoners have been freed, around 100 are still being held by Russian authorities.

Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.