Russia's Donbas offensive makes minimal gains: UK MoD

# 20 July 2022 10:00 (UTC +04:00)

Russia’s offensive in Ukraine’s Donbas region continues to make minimal gains as Ukrainian forces hold the line, British military intelligence said, APA reports citing The Guardian.

The Antonovskiy bridge over the Dnieper River that was struck by Ukrainian forces is probably still usable, Britain’s defense ministry said.

“It is highly likely that the bridge remains usable but it is a key vulnerability for Russian Forces,” the ministry added.

“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.”

The lower reaches of the Dnieper present a natural barrier, with the waterway typically around 1,000m wide.

Control of Dnieper crossings is likely to become a key factor in the outcome of fighting in the region, the ministry added.