As the Russian pressures pulled away because of a continual Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kharkiv area, 3 bridges important to proceeding the Ukrainian breakthrough were exploded, satellite photos from BlackSky and also the European Area Firm program.
The photos from Black Skies, handled Might 12, reveal flattened areas of the bridges going across the Siverskyi Donets River near the towns of Rubizhne and also Staryi Saltiv, which have to do with 10 miles southern of the Russian boundary.
The town of Rubizhne is near Staryi Saltiv, although it shares the exact same name with the city better southern in Luhansk.
The towns were just recently freed by Ukrainian pressures.
An additional satellite picture, handled Might 8, by the European Area Firm reveals the bridge throughout the Pecheneg hydroelectric power plant– the closest bridge to the south– has actually additionally been exploded.
There are just 2 smaller sized bridges to the north, in the presently Russian-occupied towns of Ohirtseve and also Buhrukuvatka, which go across the river. Their existing standing is unidentified, as clouds have actually covered any type of current satellite imaging.
Why the bridges are essential: If those bridges are jeopardized, the energy of the Ukrainian breakthrough will certainly be considerably obstructed.
It’s not simply energy that is necessary for the Ukrainian pressures. Significant Russian supply lines, which are important to the Russian army breakthrough near the city of Izium and also right into the Luhansk area, are simply eastern of the Siverskyi Donets River in the Kharkiv area.
While it’s not totally clear when the bridges were blown, or that is in charge of doing so, it’s not likely the Ukrainians are accountable for their devastation. The bridges are simply also important to their counteroffensive, and also to targeting the supply lines.