On August 8, local officials announced the beginning of building of a floating bridge across the Dnieper River in the Kherson region after a series of attacks by Ukrainian forces which damaged the Antonovsky Bridge.
After the closure of the Antonovsky Bridge, cars are ferried across the Dnieper by the Russian military. About 1,000 vehicles are transported every day.
“The pontoon crossing will consist of barges, even if a hole is punched in some, it will not be possible to sink it. It will be a single pontoon that people will pass through,” the head of the military-civil administration of the region said.
Antonovsky Bridge is the only road bridge across the Dnieper in the Kherson region between the center of the region and the city of Alyosha. The total length of the bridge is about 1.4 km, width — 25 m.
Amid the ongoing reports about the offensive of Ukrainian forces in Eastern Ukraine, the Antonovsky bridge is constantly shelled by US-made HIMARS MRLS.
On July 20, the head of the local administration said that the bridge was “virtually destroyed” after being hit by 11 missiles and could collapse if the attacks continued. The latest attack took place on the morning of August 8. The bridge was hit by HIMARS missiles. So far, the Ukrainian military did not manage to destroy load bearing structural components but only damaged the road.
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