Contents tagged with Kerch Bridge

  • Ukraine signals potential strikes on Crimean bridge amid Russian logistical struggles

    Dmytro Pletenchuk, head of Ukraine’s Southern Defence Forces' Strategic Communications Centre, has claimed the Crimean Bridge cannot withstand the logistical pressures it's currently facing.

    According to Pletenchuk, Russia currently has no alternative to the Kerch Strait Bridge. The functioning of this bridge is directly tied to the military logistics of the Russian army.

    "Remember, at one point, there was talk of an underground tunnel from Russia to Crimea," he said on air with Radio Svoboda. …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence's drone strikes sink several Russian vessels in Crimea

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has reported that during the past night, eight American ATACMS operational-tactical missiles were shot down over the Sea of Azov, along with eight drones and two unmanned boats near the occupied Crimea coast on the Black Sea.

    Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) confirmed that two Russian boats were destroyed in occupied Crimea during the night of May 30. According to preliminary reports, the destroyed vessels are identified as the high-speed KS-701 " …

  • Ukrainian Air Force representative: considerable number of missiles required to destroy Crimean bridge

    The Crimean Bridge could potentially be destroyed, but a significant number of missiles would be required for such an operation, said Ilya Yevlash, a representative of the Ukrainian Air Force, in his interview with Video NV.

    He specified that there are certain points on the bridge structure that should be targeted to disrupt the reconstruction of the rail and road surfaces.

    "It would require a lot of missiles, because the bridge is robust," he said.

    Yevlash noted that specialists have been …

  • Russia threatens the West with a ‘devastating retaliatory strike’ if Crimea is attacked

    During a briefing on May 3, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated that in the event of an attack on Crimea, particularly on the Crimean Bridge, Moscow is prepared to deliver a retaliatory strike “of devastating impact.” Footage of Zakharova's remarks was published by the news outlet Izvestia.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry representative commented on the impending deliveries of F-16 multirole fighters to Ukraine, which could potentially be deployed in operations targeting …

  • Kyiv: Russia has detained 22 people on suspicion of blowing up Crimean Bridge

    Russian authorities detained 22 people who they believe were involved in blowing up the Crimean bridge across the Kerch Strait, said the acting head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Vasyl Malyuk in an interview with the 1+1 TV channel.

    "Regarding the Crimean Bridge. In accordance with the norms of international law, the norms of the current legislation of Ukraine, the customs and traditions of warfare and based on the analysis of the operational situation, we are simply obliged to cut …

  • Russian authorities scrambling to calm panic in Crimea after explosion on Kerch Bridge

    The authorities of the annexed Crimea make contradictory statements all morning following the explosions and destruction of the Crimean Bridge. First, the Ministry of Transport of Russia reported that the Kerch ferry crossing resumed its work and the first ferry was already being loaded, three more were preparing to leave. Later, the Russian state new agency TASS reported, citing local authorities, that the ferry would not be launched due to weather conditions.

    At the same time, the acting …

  • Ukrainian General: liberation of Crimea and destruction of Kerch Bridge are inevitable

    Ukraine must destroy the Kerch Bridge and liberate the occupied Crimea to prevent the war from dragging off for several years, said in an interview with Apostrophe Major General Dmitry Marchenko, who was in charge of the defense of Mykolaiv in the first months of the war.

    According to him, the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the liberation of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, as well as the Crimea, are inevitable.

    "But we must understand that this is a complex of steps, not …

  • Ukraine unveils warhead of Crimean Bridge ‘destroyer’ missile

    Ukraine has unveiled the warhead of the self-guided “Neptune” missile, the Ukrainian publication Defense Express reports.

    The Neptune missile is anti-ship, subsonic and low-altitude, with a maximum range no greater than 300 km. Neptunes are designed to destroy land targets and ships with a displacement of less than 5,000 tons.

    The missile was developed on the basis of the Soviet-era X-35 missile by the Luch Design Bureau. It was first demonstrated in 2015 and first tested in 2016. In 2018 …

  • Ukraine calls on PACE to adopt ‘Azov sanctions package’ against Russia

    Ukraine calls on European partners to increase pressure on Russia and adopt the "Azov sanctions package" for seizing Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait, said Iryna Herashchenko, the First Vice-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada during a speech at the PACE.

    “The Russian Federation has violated at least five articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. We urge our European partners to introduce new sanctions, namely the “Azov sanctions package” against the Russian Federation and the …

  • Dzhemilev: Turkey fights for the release of Ukrainian sailors detained by Russia

    Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev said in an interview with Ukrinform that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructed the Turkish Foreign Minister to press Russia about the recent Kerch Strait issues. 

    "Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that President Erdogan instructed him to raise on all platforms the issue of free navigation through the Kerch Strait and the need to return our captured ships," said Dzhemilev. 

    Dzhemilev said the question about the imprisoned sailors’  …