According to the ISW, kyiv is trying to establish the conditions for future decisive counter-offensive operations.
Ukrainian forces attacked two key road bridges along critical Russian land lines of communication connecting annexed Crimea and the occupied Kherson region, prompting Russian forces to divert road traffic from shorter eastern routes to the longer western routes.
These are the two bridges that have been attacked:
A road bridge over the Henichesk Strait connecting the Henichesk area with the Arabat Spit.
Russian sources expanded on images showing significant damage to the bridge and claimed that the Ukrainian strikes partially collapsed a section of the bridge.
And the second is the Chonhar road bridge, along the M-18 highway connecting Dzhankoi and Melitopol.
Moscow-appointed head of annexed Crimea Sergei Aksyonov announced that repair works are underway on the Chonhar bridge and that Russian officials will divert all traffic through the Armyansk and Perekop checkpoints along the highways M-17 (Armyansk-Oleshky) and T2202 (Armyansk-Nova Kakhovka).
Most, if not all, of Russian road traffic between Crimea and the Kherson region will have to pass along or very close to a 20 km stretch of the M-17 between Armyansk and Ishun, which constitutes a significant bottleneck in Russian land routes.
The Institute for the Study of War asserts that the Russian line along T2202 northwest of Crimea – especially the routes along the main and trunk roads south of Nova Kakhovka – are closer to the Ukrainian positions in the Upper Kherson region and in many cases within Ukrainian-held artillery range on the west bank of the river.
Ukrainian strikes against bridges along critical Russian GLOCs are part of the Ukrainian interdiction campaign focused on setting the conditions for future decisive counter-offensive operations.
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