• Russia continues to make minimal gains in its Donbas offensive, with Ukrainian forces holding the line.
  • On 19 July 2022, the authorities in Russian-occupied Kherson reported that the Antonovskiy Bridge over the Dnieper River had been struck by Ukrainian forces. Social media posts showed apparent battle damage to the bridge’s roadway.
  • It is highly likely that the bridge remains usable – but it is a key vulnerability for Russian Forces.
  • It is one of only two road crossing points over the Dnieper by which Russia can supply or withdraw its forces in the territory it has occupied west of the river.
  • This area includes the city of Kherson, which is politically and symbolically important for Russia. The lower reaches of the Dnieper present a natural barrier, with the waterway typically around 1000m wide.
  • Control of Dnieper crossings is likely to become a key factor in the outcome of fighting in the region.
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