An image shared by Ukraine’s defense ministry showing Russian equipment destroyed near the Siverskyi Donets River.
- Ukraine successfully stopped Russia from crossing a tactically important bridge, British intelligence said.
- Russia suffered a “significant” loss of equipment in its attempt, the defense ministry said.
- The “high-risk” attempt shows the pressure Russia faces to move forward, it added.
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Ukraine prevented Russia from crossing a key bridge in the east of the country, with Russia suffering heavy equipment losses in a “high-risk” operation demonstrating the pressures its military is under, British intelligence said.
The British Ministry of Defence said on Friday that “Ukrainian troops successfully prevented an attempted Russian river crossing in the Donbas.
“Images indicate that during the crossing of the Siverskyi Donets River west of Severodonetsk, Russia lost key armored maneuver elements from at least one Battalion Tactical Group, as well as deployed pontoon bridging equipment.”
It said the losses were a sign of how the Russian military is under pressure to make some progress in its invasion.
“Crossing rivers in a contentious environment is a very risky maneuver and shows the pressure under Russian commanders to make progress in their operations in eastern Ukraine.”
Russia has focused its efforts on eastern Ukraine after its bid to take over the entire country was stalled by fierce Ukrainian resistance.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry released photos on Wednesday showing Russian equipment destroyed by Ukrainian forces near the Siverskyi Donets River.
Insider has not independently verified the photos that would show the aftermath of the failed attack.