Russia lost a lot of equipment in attempted Siverskyi Donets river crossing
The Ukrainian military has successfully thwarted an attempt by Russian invaders to cross the Siverskyi Donets River in the Donetsk region.
According to Ukrinform, the UK Ministry of Defense said this in its latest intelligence update posted on Twitter.
Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine – 13 May 2022
Find out more about the UK government’s response: https://t.co/7SVSQChAFe
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) May 13, 2022
“Ukrainian forces successfully prevented an attempted Russian river crossing in the Donbas. Images indicate that during the crossing of the Siverskyi Donets river west of Sievierodonetsk, Russia lost significant armored maneuver elements of at least one Battalion Tactical Group as well as the deployed pontoon bridging equipment,” the ministry said.
It added that conducting river crossings in a contested environment is a highly risky maneuver and speaks to the pressure the Russian commanders are under to make progress in their operations in eastern Ukraine.
According to the update, Russian forces have failed to make any significant advances despite concentrating forces in this area after withdrawing and redeploying units from the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions.