Attacks on Ukraine’s Cities Come Days After Crimean Bridge Explosion

Ukrainians braced for a serious Russian response after an explosion on Saturday was damaged Kerch Strait Bridgelinks Russia to Crimea, the peninsula that Moscow illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Ukraine has not officially claimed responsibility, but two senior Ukrainian officials told The New York Times that Ukrainian intelligence agencies were behind the attack. And Russian President Vladimir V. Putin did not hesitate to point in the direction of Ukraine.

“There is no doubt that this is a terrorist attack aimed at destroying the extremely important civilian infrastructure of the Russian Federation,” he said on Sunday.

Analysts described the explosion on the bridge as a blow to Moscow, if more symbolic than real. The explosion damaged an area of ​​personal importance to Putin, and crucial to the resupply of Russian forces as they defended against the growing Ukrainian counterattack along the front. southern.

Although Russian officials announced the reopening of the bridge to some cars and trains on Sunday, the extent of the damage as well as the time it took for Moscow to resume transporting military equipment. and the required ammunition remains unclear.

Even so, a senior Ukrainian military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was banned by the government from discussing the attack, rated the attack’s success as “excellent”.

“The operation shows that the Russian system has failed to ensure the security of even the most important and sacred targets,” the official said. “The bridge is an artificial umbilical cord that connects the thief to his stolen property. Everything that is unnatural and illegally obtained must and will be destroyed.”


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