The Ukrainians – twice in the past 24 hours – stopped Russian efforts to cross the Siverskyi Donets in the Luhansk region, and blew up two pontoon bridges near Bilohorivka.
A satellite image compiled by geospatial intelligence firm BlackSky shows a Russian pontoon bridge crossing the river on May 10, shortly after Ukrainian artillery bombed the surrounding area.
Smoke is seen rising from the western shore of the Siverskyi Donets at one end of the bridge. On the east bank, craters and smoke were also seen on the eastern shore, including around the Russian military vehicles that crossed.
A grainy drone video circulating on social media, geolocated and verified by CNN, shows the effects of the strikes. Military strikes destroyed the bridge, half of which was seen submerged in the river.
Additional images circulating on social media, also taken by a drone, show that the Russians attempted to erect a second pontoon bridge across the river. That bridge was also blown up by the Ukrainians, in addition to a number of military vehicles.
Crossing Ukraine’s terrain – and specifically its rivers – has proven time and time again to be a logistical nightmare that has held back Russian military progress for weeks, across many parts of Ukraine. In remote areas, or in places where bridges have been blown up, they have resorted to using pontoon bridges.
The Ukrainian forces have repeatedly targeted and blew up these bridges.
CNN previously reported that the bridge debuted on May 8.
Serhiy Heidi, a regional military official in Luhansk, said on Wednesday that the Russians are continuing to try to build bridges across the Seversky Donets River. He also said the Ukrainians blew them up over and over again.
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