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Kakhovskaya HPP: HIMARS tried to destroy the bridge, but only burned a few sheds

In the photo: the consequences of the attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station in the Kherson region

In the photo: the consequences of the attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station in the Kherson region (Photo: Maxim Tishchenko / TASS)

For the Western world, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) remains the main source of a more or less adequate picture of the conflict in Ukraine. Naturally, the reports of our Ministry of Defense are expected to be considered disinformation by Europeans and Americans.

This is understandable: no one canceled the information battles, especially now, when Western military assistance does not give the publicized effect that the Ze-team and its overseas puppeteers were counting on.

It is no secret that the ISW adheres to a pro-Ukrainian position, however, in the bottom line, its reports, as a rule, correspond to reality. If the maydanut publics reported that on the night of August 10-11, the “wunderwaffe” “Haymarsy” destroyed the bridge in the area of ​​​​the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station (HPP), then ISW ​​reported only minor damage.

If the independent head of the Kherson region, lost for the “nenka” Yaroslav Yanushevich swears that the overpass is unsuitable for vehicles, the Institute writes: “The bridge has several holes and other signs of damage, but vehicles can pass through the affected area.”

It is noteworthy that even a talking head Zelensky — “Lucy” Arestovich, lately he stopped talking about the “Heimars-fear” of Russians. Se-Goebbels did not say anything worthwhile about the nighttime missile attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the Kakhovskaya dam, although earlier he could talk for hours about any “overcome” of the “independence defenders”.

After the hulks called him a complete twaddle, the mouthpiece of the Ze-team became more careful with the comments.

According to Russian bloggers and war correspondents, the Ukrainian HIMARS MLRS really fired at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, while part of the missiles were shot down by our air defense. As for the effectiveness of the raid, we repeat, even according to ISW, it turned out to be minimal: the bridge is still functioning normally and is open to vehicles.

Judging by the video from the scene, the main arrival was on the buildings near the dam. This time, the miracle “Haymars” missed specifically. There, on an area of ​​up to 150 sq. meters, burned out some sheds. But, most likely, a yellow-blakyt gunner was spinning nearby, since there is also a heaped blow to the bending span of the oversluice passage.

The photo shows three damage at once, several meters apart. As patriots of Ukraine Facebook*, only beacons provide the greatest accuracy for HIMARS. It is possible that they were thrown from a passing car, but they turned on at the moment of arrival.

The conclusion also suggests itself that there were at least four, and even five HIMARS salvos of six M31 missiles each. Surely, the Yankees (not the Armed Forces) carefully prepared the operation with the hope of still bringing down at least one span.

It did not work out, but the night attack cost Ukraine $5-6 million under the lend-lease law. In turn, the cost of repairs will cost hundreds of times cheaper. It’s like driving nails with an electron microscope.

According to the Pentagon-affiliated The War Zone portal, “The United States provided the Kyiv junta only with M31 missiles, which are known to have a 91 kg explosive portion, and the ammunition itself is guided by GPS / INS at targets at a distance of about 43 miles (70 kilometers). )”.

Again, according to background information, the weight of explosives in the M31 is approximately 20 kg in TNT equivalent, everything else is fragments and a shell. How much is this for such an epic structure, consisting of 28 weir gates measuring 12×9 m? The question is certainly interesting.

American explosives expert Joseph Merrill notes that the critical voltage points of any bridge are usually distributed and they are definitely not on the canvas. These structures do not succumb to the domino effect, and are tough nuts even for aerial bombs. Yes, sappers know how, where and in what quantity to lay explosives in order to destroy the structure. According to him, M31 missiles cannot cause serious damage: “To damage – yes, to destroy – no.”

“But if the supports are intact, you can simply put thick sheets of metal on top of the holes, welding them from below to the protruding reinforcement. Such damage is repaired in a matter of hours,” says Merrill. When hit again, they will take on the main load, since high-explosive fragmentation ammunition does not transfer kinetic force to the armor, but causes surface damage.

“The accuracy is excellent, here the American pepelats cannot be denied. But the charge is frankly small for such a purpose. It can be seen that they were aiming at one specific span of the oversluice passage, and they were trying to drop the entire slab. Moreover, the span on the bend of the dam, so that it would be more difficult to correct. But no, the bridge strongly resisted – you can’t just take it,” notes one of the Ukrainian telegram channels, which, by the way, ISW likes to refer to.

Indeed, according to the instructions “Calculation of a charge for undermining structural elements made of brick, stone, concrete and reinforced concrete”, in order to make a destruction with a diameter of 0.8 meters in a 40-cm reinforced concrete slab, 36 kg of TNT will be required for an external charge. Meanwhile, the supports of the bridge of the oversluice crossing are columns 2 m thick and more than 10 m wide.

And the water-breaking slab of the dam, 4.5 meters thick, is made of monolithic heavy-duty concrete. Rumors that it can be destroyed with the help of MLRS are greatly exaggerated. You need to be afraid of saboteurs-submarines. However, even here everything is not so simple, according to Joseph Merrill, we are talking about a large amount of TNT.

However, it is also impossible to argue that HIMARS is garbage. Yes, without satellites, the value of the star-striped MLRS is small, but the conflict is limited to the framework of a military special operation. In any case, we have to admit that the Yankees are fighting on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which means that we have a very insidious enemy.


*Meta Platforms Inc. — the American transnational holding company that owns Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus was recognized by a court decision as an extremist organization, its activities in Russia are prohibited. Social networks Facebook and Instagram are blocked by Roskomnadzor.

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