UPDATE - Ukraine confirms it hits 2 key bridges to Crimea

UPDATE - Ukraine confirms it hits 2 key bridges to Crimea

‘Defense forces struck Chonhar, Henichesk bridges, which are important communication routes of invaders,’ Ukrainian armed forces say

UPDATES WITH STATEMENT FROM UKRAINIAN ARMED FORCES; REVISES HEADLINE, DECK, LEDE

By Burc Eruygur, Emre Basaran

ISTANBUL (AA) - The Ukrainian armed forces on Sunday confirmed that they hit the Chonhar and Henichesk bridges leading to Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014.

"At around 15.00, the defense forces struck the Chonhar and Henichesk bridges, which are important communication routes of the invaders," the armed forces said in a statement on Sunday.

Earlier, Russia said that Ukraine fired missiles at the Chonhar bridge that connects the Kherson region to the Crimean Peninsula.

“Kyiv terrorists fired NATO Storm Shadow missiles at the Chonhar bridge and the village of Chonhar. The bridge was damaged by a rocket,” Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-installed head of Ukraine’s Kherson region, said in a statement on Telegram.

In a separate statement, Sergey Aksyonov, the Russian-installed head of Crimea, said on Telegram that some missiles were shot down by air defense systems and that there were no casualties.

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