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    Russia-Backed Officials Say Explosion Damages Bridge Linking Ukraine’s Mainland to Crimea

    Russia-Backed Officials Say Explosion Damages Bridge Linking Ukraine's Mainland to Crimea

    , — An explosion damaged a bridge that is one of the few links between Crimea and Ukraine's mainland, -backed officials said Thursday, while Ukraine's prime minister appealed for patience as Kyiv's armed forces move ahead with their closely watched counteroffensive.

    Russian forces in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, use the Chongar bridge to reach southern Ukraine's Kherson province. Russia and Ukraine control different sides of the province, which is a focus of fighting and attacks as Ukrainian troops try to reclaim Russian-occupied territory.

    Ukrainian authorities have said that for the country's nearly 16-month war to end, Moscow must withdraw its forces from Crimea as well as from areas they seized during last year's full-scale invasion.

    The damage to the bridge was not severe and likely will be repaired within several days, according to Vladimir Konstantinov, chairman of Crimea's parliament.

    Vladimir Saldo, who heads the Russian-occupied parts of Kherson province, said the explosion appeared to have been caused by a type of long-range cruise missile that both and the U.K. have given to Ukraine's military.

    The claim could not be independently verified. Numerous military analysts have said recent Ukrainian actions in the country's south and east indicated that Kyiv's troops were in the beginning of a long-anticipated counteroffensive.

    Asked about the reported damage to the Chongar…

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