Ukrainian artillery almost cut off Russia’s forces in the occupied city of Kherson after badly damaging three key bridges across the River Dnipro.
Kyiv’s forces have been pummelling a number of rail and road crossings over the waterway, and a local Ukrainian official reported on Saturday that they had damaged the last working bridge.
Western intelligence said Russia was now only able to resupply its forces in the southern region using two pontoon ferry crossings, a time-consuming and hazardous process, giving Ukraine’s military a vital edge ahead of its promised offensive to retake the region.
“With their supply chain constrained, the size of any stockpiles Russia has managed to establish on the west bank is likely to be a key factor in the force’s endurance,” the British Ministry of Defence said on Saturday.
Russian commanders have sent as many as 25,000 extra soldiers to reinforce its southern front around the region of Kherson, which it captured without a fight in the first few days of the war.