Tom Foreman, speaking to CNN, explained the significance of the bridge sighting, which was just two miles from a devastating Russian attack on a school over the weekend. Ukrainians “fear that this will allow Russia to isolate them,” according to Mr Foreman, and that it will bring more violence to an area that has already seen “sharp, sharp action.”
“The Ukraine residents have focused a lot on bridges in the eastern regions,” Mr. Foreman explained, “because one of the concerns has always been that the Russians would be able to get behind Ukrainian forces.”
“They are concerned that the Russians will be able to isolate them, cut off their supplies, and then simply chop away at them.”
“This bridge near Belahorivka is one of those pontoon-style bridges built here.”
“Recall that the Ukrainians have been blowing up many of their own bridges as they retreat from areas.”
“The Russians are a very traditional military force; they need to move large pieces of equipment, such as artillery and tanks.”
“They need bridges for that, so the Ukrainians have gone after them to try to cut them off, but the Russians keep trying to rebuild them.”
“This bridge is about two miles away from everything we know about the weekend school bombing, where there could have been up to 90 people in the building and dozens killed.”
“So this bridge is very close to where we’ve seen a lot of intense, intense action.”
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated that Moscow does not want war in Europe, other than in Ukraine.
However, he accused Western countries of wrongfully wishing Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine to fail.
“If you are concerned about the prospect of war in Europe – we do not want that at all,” Mr Lavrov said at a news conference in Muscat, Oman.
“However, I draw your attention to the fact that it is the West that is constantly and persistently claiming that defeating Russia is necessary in this situation.” “Come to your own conclusions.”