Russia-Ukraine war live: Kyiv’s forces close in on Kherson as they reclaim dozens of towns in south

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The Antonivskiy Bridge, the only nearby road crossing from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson to the Russian-controlled eastern bank of the Dnipro River, has collapsed, Ukraine’s public broadcaster quoted local residents as saying on Friday.

The Suspilne broadcaster published a photograph showing whole sections of the bridge missing. The next road crossing across the Dnipro is more than 70km (43 miles) from Kherson city.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the bridge’s collapse. Russia announced on Wednesday it was retreating from the west bank of the Dnipro to the other side.

A file photo taken in July of this year shows a vehicle moving past a crater on Kherson’s Antonivskiy Bridge across the Dnipro. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 04.23 EST

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This article was written by Ben Quinn (now) and Samantha Lock (earlier) and originally published on www.theguardian.com