The moment Russia destroyed a strategic bridge over the Dnipro River in eastern Ukraine

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Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, shared the video. Putin's soldiers damaged important infrastructures in their withdrawal from Kherson

Explosion of a bridge across Dnipro in the area of ​​the Kakhivska hydroelectric power station

Ukrainian troops liberated the southern city of Kherson in the last few hours and claimed an important victory against Russia, which withdrew its forces from the only regional capital they had managed to take in nearly nine months of fighting. However, in their withdrawal, the Russians destroyed important bridges and even a hydroelectric dam.

“Russian media publishes a video of the explosion of the bridge over Dnipro in the area of ​​the Kakhivska hydroelectric power station,” Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, wrote on his Twitter account. The message was accompanied by a video released by the propaganda media of Vladimir Putin.

Meanwhile, satellite images from Maxar showed how the Nova Kakhovka hydroelectric dam was also damaged by the Russians in their retreat. In addition, there was significant destruction of bridges around Kherson. Russia has repeatedly accused Ukraine of shelling the dam, while Ukrainian intelligence says Russia has been mining the dam since April.

The Antonivsky Bridge, the main crossing over the Dnipro river in the city of Kherson, was blown up before dawn after most of the Russian forces withdrew and just before the Ukrainian forces entered the city, reported the New York Times. Satellite images showed several sections destroyed.

North-east of the Antonivsky Bridge, a bridge crossing the Inhulets river in Darivka, as well as the Antovisky railway bridge.

The moment Russia destroyed a strategic bridge over the Dnipro river, in eastern Ukraine

The dam Nova Kakhovka hydroelectric was damaged by the Russians in their retreat (Credit: Maxar via Reuters)

Ukraine said its victory in the war is a “matter of time”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Saturday that the release of the city of Kherson by the Ukrainian Army adds to other battles won by his country and that victory against the Russian invaders is only a “matter of time”.

This is how Kuleba expressed himself at a press conference in the Cambodian capital where he is a special guest at the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which he has asked to condemn Russia.

“In our defensive war against the enemy Ukraine will win, it is a matter of time (…) Every inch of Ukraine will be liberated,” Kuleba said at the Sokha hotel in Nom Pen where meetings of ASEAN leaders and their external partners, including the United States, Russia and China, take place.

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Kuleba justified his optimism on the victories Ukrainian forces have had in different battles such as in kyiv, in the occupied areas of the north-east of the country and in the Kherson region.

In addition, the minister also denounced the Russian Army for torturing and murdering civilians and attacking infrastructure not for military reasons but to harm the population.

The moment in which Russia destroyed a strategic bridge over the Dnipro river, in eastern Ukraine

Destroyed sections of the Antonivksy Bridge (Credit: Maxar)

In this regard, he appealed to the international community, including the countries of Southeast Asia, to deliver to Ukraine transformers, generators and parts to help repair the electrical infrastructure, needed in the dead of winter in Ukraine.

In Phnom Penh Kuleba has signed a Treaty of Cooperation and Friendship ( TAC) with ASEAN and has met with his counterparts from Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The minister thanked ASEAN for supporting Ukraine and called for to condemn the Russian aggression against Ukraine, since “it is not only an attack on the sovereignty of a sovereign country but an attack on the Charter of the United Nations”.

If Russia “has its way”, Most Asian countries “do not want Russia's pattern of behavior with the use of force, violation of borders and massacres against the civilian population to be repeated in Asia,” Kuleba warned.

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He added that countries have many ways to support Ukraine, not just through sanctions against Russia, but by sending military or humanitarian aid.

The Ukrainian minister has ruled out a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, who is in Phnom Penh for the ASEAN summit, but said he is open to having it if Russia is “sincere” to negotiate.

However, he regretted that the Russian authorities demand “total surrender without conditions”, which he described as unacceptable for Ukraine, and recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin had he has refused to sit down to negotiate with his Ukrainian counterpart.

Kuleba appealed to all countries and warned that it is not about the invasion of Ukraine but about whether “the countries The big ones have the right to invade small countries.”

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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