- Ukrainian forces claim that dozens of Russian armored vehicles have been destroyed while trying to cross a river in eastern Ukraine.
- Photos posted on social media by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense show bridges and vehicles destroyed.
- Russia struggled to achieve its goals in Ukraine and suffered significant losses.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense shared images of the aftermath of the battle, which said dozens of Russian armored vehicles crossing the Sibersky Donets River in eastern Ukraine destroyed or incapacitated the bridge.
A collection of photos of the Ukrainian army posted on social media showed the destroyed or destroyed Pontoon Bridge, as well as tanks and other armored vehicles on either side of the river.
Drone images of the battle over the weekend showed nearly 30 broken vehicles, according to multiple reports.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry tweeted: “Artillery of the 17th Tank Brigade #UA Army “They opened a holiday season for the Russians,” he added.
—Ukraine Defense (@DefenceU) May 11, 2022
“The military has destroyed all attempts by the Russian occupation forces to cross the river,” the Ukrainian Military Strategic Communications Agency said in a separate social media post.
Russia has struggled to achieve its goals in Ukraine since the February 24 invasion. The Russians suffered heavy losses, including thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks and aircraft.
After troops were stalled and ultimately withdrawn outside Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, Russia was forced to change its invasion tactics and focus on eastern Ukraine.
The Sibersky Donets River flows through eastern Ukraine through the Kharkiv and Luhansk regions, and its waterways have made it difficult for Russia to establish a position in certain strategically important areas. Pontoon bridges take time to build and cross, and these choke points can leave troops vulnerable to attack.
The British Ministry of Defense said Russia said on Thursday that it was moving troops to the eastern bank of the Sibersky Donets “to reorganize and replenish forces following heavy losses.”
The Ministry of Defense said the replenishment would likely be used to protect Russia’s main force and supply routes.