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Ukraine: US-supplied HIMARS take down key bridge in Russia-occupied south

The Antonivskyi Bridge has been seriously damaged following an attack by Ukrainian forces.

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Ukrainian forces have used US-supplied HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems) to seriously damage a bridge that is key for supplying Russian troops in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson.

The deputy head of the Moscow-backed temporary administration in the region said Antonivskyi Bridge, which crosses the Dnieper River, was struck by the Ukrainian military on Wednesday with 11 hits.

Kirill Stremousov, speaking to Interfax news agency, said the "situation is serious" but that the bridge is not closed to traffic.

He added that some of the rockets were intercepted by Russian air defences.

The attack on Antonivskyi Bridge is the second in as many days, with Tuesday's attack only lightly damaging it, according to authorities in Kherson.

They come as the bulk of the Russian forces are stuck in the fighting in Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland of Donbas, where they have made slow gains facing fierce Ukrainian resistance.

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Kherson is the site of a major ship-building industry at the confluence of the Dnieper River and the Black Sea near Russian-annexed Crimea.

The region is one of several areas a US government spokesman said Russia is trying to annex.

"Russia is laying the groundwork to annex Ukrainian territory that it controls in direct violation of Ukraine sovereignty," White House national security council spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday.

Mr Kirby also said the White House is expected to announce more military aid for Ukraine later this week.

The aid is expected to include more HIMARS systems, a critical weapon Ukrainian forces have been using with success in their fight to repel Russian troops.