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‘No choice’: Ukraine eyes Kerch bridge in Crimea for drone attack | Ukraine

‘No choice’: Ukraine eyes Kerch bridge in Crimea for drone attack | Ukraine

They have become a familiar sight in the skies above parts of Russia: long-range enemy drones, buzzing their way to another target. In the biggest Ukrainian onslaught inside Russian territory since Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion two years ago, Ukraine has in recent weeks carried out a series of attacks on Russian oil refineries and ports. On Tuesday, it hit a refinery and drone factory in the industrial region of Tatarstan – more than 800 miles from the border. The Ukrainian spy agency behind these drone strikes has its eyes on another target: the 12-mile long Kerch bridge connecting occupied Crimea with Russia. Senior officials from Ukraine’s HUR military intelligence service indicate it is plotting a third attempt on the bridge, after two previous attempts to blow it up, claiming its destruction is “inevitable”. For Putin, the bridge is a tangible reminder of what he sees as one of his greatest political achievements: the peninsula’s 2014 “return” to Russia using undercover Russian troops and a sham referendum. For Kyiv, the bridge is equally a hated symbol …

Ukraine eyes Kerch bridge in Crimea for drone attack

Ukraine eyes Kerch bridge in Crimea for drone attack

Ukraine has attacked the Kerch bridge twice before. In October 2022 an explosion caused several spans of roadway to fall into the water.Photograph: AP They have become a familiar sight in the skies above parts of Russia: long-range enemy drones, buzzing their way to another target. In the biggest Ukrainian onslaught inside Russian territory since Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion two years ago, Ukraine has in recent weeks carried out a series of attacks on Russian oil refineries and ports. On Tuesday, it hit a refinery and drone factory in the industrial region of Tatarstan – more than 800 miles from the border. The Ukrainian spy agency behind these drone strikes has its eyes on another target: the 12-mile long Kerch bridge connecting occupied Crimea with Russia. Senior officials from Ukraine’s HUR military intelligence service indicate it is plotting a third attempt on the bridge, after two previous attempts to blow it up, claiming its destruction is “inevitable”. For Putin, the bridge is a tangible reminder of what he sees as one of his greatest political …

Two dead after explosions on Kerch Bridge linking Crimea and Russia | Crimea

Twin explosions have damaged the Kerch Bridge connecting Crimea to mainland Russia, killing two people and closing the main conduit for Russian road traffic to the annexed peninsula. The heavily guarded road and rail link is among the Kremlin’s most important and high-prestige infrastructure projects, and the only overland link that goes directly from Russia to occupied Crimea. The apparent attack is the second time that the bridge has been targeted since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine and followed a decree by Vladimir Putin to enhance security to protect the structure from potential attacks. Video published by the pro-Kremlin Crimea 24 channel, taken from the adjacent railway bridge, showed a section of the road bridge had sheared off and was sloping towards the Black Sea. There were reports of explosions at about 3am local time, and cars heading for the bridge were stopped early on Monday morning, after the head of the Russian-controlled administration in Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said there was an “emergency situation” on the 145th pillar of the bridge. Russia’s national anti-terrorist …