At least four people were killed and 13 others injured following a suspected missile strike on a civilian bridge over the Dnipro River, pro-Kremlin authorities in Ukraine’s occupied Kherson region said on Friday, attributing the Attack on Kyiv Forces.
“I know the four [people] who is dead. They were one woman and three men. One was found this morning,” Interfax said. cited Moscow-based Kherson ruler Kirill Stremousov said.
Pro-Kremlin authorities said local journalists and minors were among the injured, according to Interfax.
Ukrainian forces targeted the area with 12 US-supplied HIMARS rockets, according to Kremlin-aligned sources.
While 11 rockets were reportedly intercepted by air defense systems, one of them reportedly landed near the Antonivka Bridge, the only bridge spanning the Dnipro in the city of Kherson.
Western analysts have said that even the most advanced Russian air defense systems are virtually incapable of intercepting HIMARS rockets.
The Antonivka Bridge has been closed to all traffic since July after suffering damage amid frequent attacks by Ukrainian forces, who tried to cut off the Russian army’s supply line across the river. Local pro-Kremlin authorities then built a parallel pontoon bridge and organized ferry crossings to facilitate travel on the river.
Pro-Kremlin officials in Kherson ordered the evacuation of local residents and authorities to the left bank of the Dnipro earlier this week amid massive advances by Kyiv forces in the area.
Up to 60,000 people will be moved across the river to Russian-occupied territories as part of the evacuation, according to local pro-Moscow official Vladimir Saldo.