RUSSIA/UKRAINE: British military intelligence indicated on Saturday that two key road bridges granting access to the pocket of the Russian-occupied territory on the west bank of the Dnipro in Kherson Oblast are now out of use for the purposes of significant military resupply.
According to the UK’s Ministry of Defence, they will remain a key vulnerability even if Russia makes intense efforts to rebuild the bridges.
In an intelligence update, the Ministry stated, “Ground supply for the several thousand Russian troops on the west bank is almost certainly reliant on just two pontoon ferry crossing points.”
Now that those two bridges have suffered substantial damage and compromised Russia’s ability to supply support to the troops, the acquired Russian stockpile on the west bank is likely to be the sole factor in the force’s endurance, as per the reports.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed to the parliament to prolong martial law and general mobilization for another 90 days in the war-stricken country to provide a sense of normality and security to its bereaved citizens.
Consequently, two separate drafts have been submitted to the parliament on the issue, reports Xinhua news agency.
One of the first shipments to Africa under an UN-mediated plan to unblock grain supply lines trapped by Russian forces arrived in Ukraine’s trading port on Friday to collect a supply of wheat for hungry people in Ethiopia, according to TTOI updates. Russia and Ukraine continue to be two of the world’s largest traders of food grains.
Food supply networks have been gravely compromised ever since Russia launched its “special military operation” against its neighbour on February 24.
Additionally, Ukraine’s security agencies issued a joint statement on Friday urging the United Nations and the National Committee of the Red Cross to send representatives to locations where Russia is holding Ukrainian POWs.