Ukraine threatens to destroy Russian-built “Putin bridge” over Kerch Strait

Ukraine on Thursday said it would attack a Russian-built bridge over the Kerch Strait, which connects the Crimean peninsula.

Although the authenticity of this nearly 300-page document could not be immediately established, Ukrainian military intelligence has released details about the construction of the bridge, claiming it was official Russian information. The announcement comes a day after Ukrainian General Dmitro Marchenko said the bridge would be “the number one target” if Kiev received the necessary weapons. He said Moscow would use the bridge to transport goods to Crimea and southern Ukraine.

Beginning in 2018, this 18-kilometer-long bridge will connect the Crimean peninsula with the mainland of Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that all precautionary measures have been taken to ensure the security of the Crimea. Is aware of Kiev’s recent threats to target the Kremlin bridge, Peskov added.

Moscow has threatened to bomb Kiev if the building is attacked.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Ukrainian General Marchenko’s threat was contrary to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky’s promises to Western partners not to use long-range weapons to attack the Russian border.

However, Kiev continues to refer to occupied Crimea as a territory belonging to Ukraine.

Photo source: Federal Road Agency of the Russian Federation via Wikimedia Commons (Rosavdodor)

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