Russia Raids Pontoon Bridge, Prevents Ukraine From Crossing River

Russian forces, using many armored vehicles, shelled and sank the pontoon bridge on the Seversky Donets River in Ukraine.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on May 14 that an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the country’s motorized infantry unit spotted a group of Ukrainian tanks preparing to cross the Seversky Donets River using a pontoon bridge. The Russian motorized infantry unit shelled the pontoon bridge with Ukrainian armor hiding in the nearby forests.

After the shelling, the pontoon bridge of Ukraine was destroyed and sunk into the river, many Ukrainian armored vehicles crossing the river were disabled or captured by Russian troops. Russian forces also destroyed several Ukrainian armored vehicles and pontoon bridging vehicles on the opposite bank as they attempted to retreat.

Russia did not disclose the exact location of the shelling or the enemy’s damage. Ukraine did not comment on this information.

Russia shelled the pontoon bridge, preventing Ukraine from crossing the river

Russian forces attacked the site where Ukraine had built a pontoon bridge over the Seversky Donets in video released on May 14. Video: Zvezda.

The Siverskiy Donets river flows in a northwest-southeast direction, cutting through eastern Ukraine and impeding the advance of both sides.

This river originates in Russia, flows into Ukraine, then returns to Russian territory and empties into the Don, creating a very complex terrain with many swamps, tidal flats and Horseshoe Lakes. This type of terrain is compared to a nightmare for any military campaign.

Earlier, Ukraine announced that it had sunk a Russian pontoon bridge across the Seversky Donets River, incapacitating at least one Russian battalion-level battle group (BTG) and destroying about 73 tanks and tanks while crossing the river.

Further west, Russian forces are said to have crossed the Siverskyi Donets River near the town of Lyman, but it is unclear how large the force is and whether it will hold the area for long.

Ukrainian forces are to advance to the west bank of the Siverskyi Donets river and retake control of the town of Staryi Saltiv in Kharkov province. However, the Siverskyi Donets River also became a natural obstacle, preventing Ukrainian forces from advancing further east.

River Siverskiy Donets in the Don river system.  Graphics: Wikimedia.

River Siverskiy Donets in the Don river system. Graphic: Wikipedia.

Nguyen Tien (Corresponding Zvezda)