Unavailability of Antonivskyi bridge will not prevent Ukraine's Armed Forces from launching a counteroffensive

August 15, 2022

Co-director of foreign policy and international security programs of the Razumkov Center, military expert Oleksiy Melnyk believes that the absence of transport connection through the Antonivskyi bridge will not prevent Ukraine's Armed Forces from launching a counteroffensive. He shared his opinion with Suspilne TV.

According to his words, destruction of bridges is a key element of Ukrainian tactics of liberating Kherson, since the Ukrainian military cannot massively use artillery there.

"Exactly these bridges cut or undermine logistic chains for the supply of ammunition and more. This option is the most acceptable from the viewpoint of both reducing casualties among our servicemen and minimisation of damage to the civilian population, civilian infrastructure," says Melnyk.

He also believes that by blocking enemy logistics, the Ukrainian army weakens the Russian military and forces them to retreat from the occupied territories.

Oleksiy Melnyk

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Coordinator of International Projects

Born in 1962 in Khmelnytsty Rgn


Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK (2007)

Air Field Operations Officer School, Biloxy, MS, US (2001)

Squadron Officer School, Montgomery, AL, US (1994)

Defence Language Institute, San Antonio, TX, US (1994)

Chernihiv Higher Military Air Force Academy, Ukraine (1984)


1980 – 2001 — Air Force Active Service (Cadet, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Deputy Air Force Base Commander, Participant of two UN peacekeeping operations, Lt.Colonel (Ret)

2001 – 2004 — Razumkov Centre

2004 – 2005 — State Company Ukroboronservice

2005 – 2008 — Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Head Organisational and Analytical Division — First Assistant to Minister of Defence

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