Putin accuses Ukraine of Crimea bridge blast ‘terrorism’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Ukraine for the demolition of the Kerch bridge, labelling it a “terrorist act” that severed a key link between Russia and Crimea.

Moscow dubbed Saturday’s incident a truck bomb strike on the key and symbolic bridge. An crucial supply line for Russia’s armed forces confronting a renewed Ukrainian counteroffensive was temporarily blocked.

Moreover, unquestionable. Putin said in a video posted to the Kremlin’s Telegram channel that the strike targeted civilian infrastructure. Hence, according to the investigation, “the Ukrainian special services planned, executed, and directed this operation.”

Russia’s Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev has said that Russia should murder the “terrorists” guilty for the attack. On Monday Putin is scheduled to call a meeting of the country’s security council.

Russia’s only option in response to terrorism is to execute terrorists on sight, as is standard practise in other countries. The previous leader of Russia was quoted as stating as much by the official Russian news service Tass.

The bridge was damaged as Russia suffered military reverses in the east and south and public worry about nuclear weapons rose. Moreover, Russia annexed four Ukrainian areas last month in hurriedly organised referendums that defied international law. Putin has warned that any strike on Russia could prompt nuclear retribution.

Putin levelled the accusation against Ukraine after hearing the bridge bombing and fire investigation’s results.

Hence, Bastrykin said the truck travelled Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, North Ossetia, and Russia’s Krasnodar region. Bastrykin said in a Kremlin Telegram video that “Russians and foreigners” helped with the attack.

Moscow’s charge was “extremely cynical even for Russia,” said to presidential adviser Mikhail Podolyak in Kyiv.

Zaporizhzhia targeted

Podolyak was alluding to the early Sunday morning attacks in Zaporizhzhia that caused the collapse of a section of a huge apartment complex.

However, according to the Ukrainian air force, the missiles were fired from Russian-occupied territory in the Zaporizhia region. Even though the region’s capital is still under Ukrainian authority, it is one of the four that Russia seized.
Following the explosion on the Crimean bridge, military analyst and head of the website Information Resistance Oleksandr Kovalenko told Espreso TV website, a major digital broadcaster in Ukraine, that Russia may step up attacks on civilian targets.

This most likely indicates that border regions like Sumy and Chernihiv will be subject to missile assaults. He said, “This might also mean striking deeper into Ukrainian territory with missiles and [Iranian-made] Shahed-136 drones.”

Regional Governor Oleksandr Starukh stated early Monday that an apartment building in Zaporizhzhia had been hit during overnight shelling on Sunday and early Monday, injuring several persons.

Russia has controlled Europe’s largest nuclear power station in Zaporizhzhia since soon after the invasion, and the city has been under repeated shelling in recent weeks, resulting in 19 deaths on Thursday alone. Russia insists that it did not aim towards civilians.

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