Ukraine sinks Russian barge ‘loaded with arms and equipment’: military

Russian barge sunk Ukraine claims war Dnipro
Sunken ships are pictured in this photo taken March 8, 2014 off the coast of Crimea. Ukraine’s military on Monday said its troops had sunk a Russian barge carrying troops, weapons and equipment across the Dnipro River.
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The Ukrainian military say they destroyed a Russian barge carrying weapons, military equipment and troops in a contested area of ​​the Dnipro River.

Ukraine’s Operational Command South said in a Facebook post on Monday that a Russian barge attempting to ferry the troops and supplies across the river near the town of Nova Kakhovka had joined a growing Russian “underwater fleet”. after being hit in a Ukrainian attack.

Russian forces have attempted to transport weapons and equipment across the river, as several bridges, ammunition depots and bases were previously destroyed in Ukraine’s large and ongoing counter-offensive to the south.

“Attempts to set up an alternative ferry across the Dnipro in the Nova Kakhovka and Kozatsky area were unsuccessful,” said the Task Force South. “The ferry failed fire control and stopped.

The barge’s reported sinking comes on the same day that a Ukrainian official claimed that Russian forces were trapped by the river due to the counter-offensive in the Kherson region and pushed them further south.

Nataliya Humenyuk, head of the joint press center of Ukraine’s Southern Defense Forces, said Monday on the Ukrainian parliament’s TV channel that the Russians were sandwiched between Ukrainian forces and the river.

“The fire control that we maintain over crossings and transport arteries across the Dnipro makes them understand that they are sandwiched between the defense forces and the right bank — units that are in that part of the Kherson region,” she said, according to The New Voice Of Ukraine.

Humenyuk added that she had received information that some of the Russian troops were demoralized. According to reports, Ukraine offered them the opportunity to return to their homes under “international humanitarian law”.

Ukraine’s Operational Command South also reported that it launched 15 airstrikes on Russian targets on Monday, destroying two drones in the process. According to Ukraine, another 260 rocket and artillery attacks were launched.

At least 90 Russian soldiers are said to have been killed in Monday’s offensive, while three Russian tanks, eight armored vehicles and several howitzers and rocket launchers were also said to have been destroyed.

Ukraine says Russia’s military activities have been mostly defensive and focused on maintaining control of areas it still holds. Ukrainian counter-offensives in the east and south have recently resulted in Ukraine recapturing areas that Russia had captured earlier in the war.

While the Ukrainian military claimed continued successes on Monday, the Russian military had been less successful as multiple Russian airstrikes in the Dnipropetrovsk and Mykolayiv regions reportedly claimed no Ukrainian casualties. news week has not independently verified Ukraine’s claims.

news week has asked the Russian government for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-sinks-russian-barge-loaded-weapons-equipment-military-1744294 Ukraine sinks Russian barge ‘loaded with arms and equipment’: military

Rick Schindler

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