When Kyiv declared that the Crimean bridge should be destroyed, and Moscow threatened retaliation

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When Kyiv declared that the Crimean bridge should be destroyed, and Moscow threatened retaliation

The envoy of the Russian State Duma from Crimea, Mikhail Sheremet, had stated that Kiev’s threat to attack the Crimean bridge is suicide.

It is possible that the adviser to the Ukrainian president, Mykhailo Podoliak, appeared to admit that behind the explosion on the strategically important bridge at Kerch Strait lies Kyiv, however, many Ukrainian government officials have spoken of destroying the bridge in recent months, including Podoliak himself.

For example, in March the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Alexei Danilov had spoken of Kiev’s intention to launch an attack on the Crimean bridge. The deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev threatened him that “in the event of an attack on the Crimean bridge, he could be the target of Russia’s response.”

The envoy of the Russian State Duma from Crimea Michael Sheremet had declared that Kiev’s threat to attack the Crimean bridge is suicide.
“The Crimean bridge is protected by modern air defense systems. The bridge has reliable protection, so I do not advise the Kiev Nazis to try to carry out provocations. Otherwise, their provocations and plans will be followed by thunderous retaliation,” he warned.

In August, Mykhailo Podoliak, speaking about the Crimean bridge, noted that “such objects must be destroyed” because they were manufactured illegally. In addition, he drew attention to the great strategic importance of the bridge. Another adviser to the head of Zelensky’s office, Mr Oleksei Arestovich, had threatened to attack the facility “as soon as technically possible.” Ukrainian MP Alexei Goncharenko even said he discussed plans to attack the bridge with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace in June.

“Russia is ready to immediately respond asymmetrically to any attempt by Kiev to attack the Crimean bridge” the political analyst replied at the time Pavel Sipilin, commenting on the threats from the office of the president of Ukraine.

The bridge is one of Moscow’s largest infrastructure investments on the occupied peninsula. The bridge was personally inaugurated by the president Vladimir Putin in 2018, four years after Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula. The project cost billions.

The Air Force of Ukraine celebrates in a post on Telegram:

“Morning on the Crimean Bridge. Fuel tanks are on fire. Part of the road surface was also destroyed! Everything will be Ukraine!”

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