According to the report, Russian forces suffered heavy losses, including about 30 tanks destroyed after Ukrainian forces blew up a pontoon bridge over the Sibersky Donets River in the Luhansk region.
Used primarily for military purposes, but not always, according to satellite imagery collected by geospatial company BlackSky, the Pontoon Bridge was destroyed on 10 May after Ukrainian artillery attacked the bridge and surrounding areas.
The image shows smoke billowing from a semi-submerged bridge with a destroyed armored personnel carrier on the banks of the Sibersky Donets River running west to east between the rebel-controlled territory of Russia and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry shared the same image on Wednesday, saying that artillery of the 17th Tank Brigade, a Ukrainian ground force, “opened a holiday season for the Russian army”, referring to Russian soldiers.
“Some bathed in the Sibersky Donets River, and some were burned by the May sun.”
Serhii Haidai, head of the Luhansk Provincial Army, said the Russian army had built a bridge to transport military equipment and personnel, but all the pedestals along with the equipment and troops were destroyed.
“In Vilohorivka, where the enemy tried to build a solid crossing and move equipment and personnel on our side, he had partial success, but now all the pontoon crossings have been destroyed and all equipment destroyed and the rest of the personnel either died or swam and fled across the street. .”
According to the estimate of ForbesAbout 50 vehicles and up to 1,000 men were captured and destroyed by Ukrainian artillery, effectively destroying the entire battalion, causing a heavy blow to the Russians.
About 30 tanks and other armored vehicles were lying destroyed along the river after a successful Ukrainian air strike, the report said.
The Pentagon said on Tuesday that the movement of Russian ground forces in Donbas was slow and uneven.
According to British military intelligence, the Russians are likely to relocate to the eastern bank of the Sibersky Donets River after making up for their losses.
Meanwhile, as the war escalated, Ukraine made its first offer to negotiate a prisoner exchange. Ukraine has offered the release of Russian prisoners of war in exchange for badly wounded warriors trapped at the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol.
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Wednesday that several different options were considered, but “none of which is ideal”, confirming that negotiations on an exchange of prisoners of war were ongoing.
About 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded, 700 of them wounded, most of whom are believed to be hiding in the bombed and wrecked Azovstal steel mill.
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