Clarification released: Ukraine threatens to destroy the Crimean bridge

Specification published
Ukraine threatens to destroy the Crimean bridge

In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula and subsequently built the bridge as a direct link. Now the Ukrainian military intelligence service is issuing an alleged official Russian building specification – and using it as a threat.

Ukraine sees an important Russian bridge to the Crimean peninsula in its defense against Russia. As a kind of threatening gesture, the Ukrainian military intelligence service published the alleged official Russian specification of the bridge with details of the construction. The authenticity of a nearly 300-page document cannot be verified immediately.

Ukrainian General Dmytro Marchenko said on Wednesday that if Ukraine received the necessary weapons, destroying the bridge would be “Goal No. 1”. Eventually, Russian supplies roll across the bridge to the Crimea and thence to the south of Ukraine. The 18-kilometer bridge across the Kerch Strait, which was built on billions of costs, has connected mainland Russia and the peninsula annexed four years earlier since 2018.

Kremlin spokesman Peskov in Moscow stressed that all measures had been taken to ensure Crimean security. The Kremlin is aware of the new threats from Kiev to the bridge. Moscow has previously threatened to bomb the Ukrainian capital Kiev in the event of an attack on the building.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Marchenko’s threat was at odds with President Volodymyr Zelenský’s promises to Western partners. He vowed not to use long-range weapons to attack Russian territory. However, Ukraine continues to consider Crimea as its territory.

In an interview, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov also linked the expected recapture of the area to arms supplies from abroad. “We will liberate all our territories, indeed all of them, including Crimea,” he told CNN in Brussels. But first, the ongoing Russian attack had to be stopped.

Then it is about expelling Russian troops from areas conquered since February 24. Thirdly, they will discuss with partners how it would be possible to reconquer other territories, including Crimea. Another Ukrainian army recently said that it was not possible to destroy the bridge because their own troops were too far from the Sea of ​​Azov.

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