So veränderte zudem selbst die rechtspopulistisch faschistoide BILD Zeitung den Titel der Meldung, der anfangs die Russen beschuldigt hatte.
Failing that, the goal was to force them to flee. The 25,000 Russian troops in that portion of Kherson, separated by the broad river from their supplies, had been placed in a highly exposed position. If enough military pressure was applied, Moscow would have no choice but to retreat, Kovalchuk said.
Russia had to arm and feed its forces via three crossings: the Antonovsky Bridge, the Antonovsky railway bridge and the Nova Kakhovka dam, part of a hydroelectric facility with a road running on top of it.
The two bridges were targeted with U.S.-supplied M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems — or HIMARS launchers, which have a range of 50 miles — and were quickly rendered impassable.
“There were moments when we turned off their supply lines completely, and they still managed to build crossings,” Kovalchuk said. “They managed to replenish ammunition. … It was very difficult.”
Kovalchuk considered flooding the river. The Ukrainians, he said, even conducted a test strike with a HIMARS launcher on one of the floodgates at the Nova Kakhovka dam, making three holes in the metal to see if the Dnieper’s water could be raised enough to stymie Russian crossings but not flood nearby villages.
The test was a success, Kovalchuk said, but the step remained a last resort. He held off.
Nachtrag am 08.06. 2023
Tatsächlich erweist sich unsere Analyse als goldrichtig, zumal sich die russischen Truppen nach der Überflutung tatsächlich um 10 bis 15 Kilometer zurückziehen mussten. Wem nutzt es also in erster Linie - der desolat aufgestellten ukrainischen Armee, die nur noch durch Terror auf sich aufmerksam machen kann.