Ukraine threatens to destroy Europe’s longest bridge

A Ukrainian general told a US outlet he hopes to use Western weapons against the bridge between Crimea and the Russian mainland Read Full Article at

Ukraine threatens to destroy Europe’s longest bridge

Ukraine threatens to destroy Europe’s longest bridge

Crimea Bridge is “target number one” for Western weapons, says general

Ukraine should target the bridge across the Kerch Strait connecting Crimea to the Russian mainland as soon as it gets the weapons it needs to do so from the West, Major-General Dmitry Marchenko said on Wednesday, in an interview with a US government-funded outlet.

“The Kerch Bridge is absolutely our number one target,” Marchenko told Crimea Realities (Krym.Realii), speaking of the longest bridge in Europe, opened in 2018. The outlet is a project of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, part of the government-funded US Agency for Global Media.

“As the main way of sending in reserves, we just have to cut it off. As soon as that road is cut off, they will start to panic. And believe me, those who flew Russian flags in Simferopol, will quickly get Ukrainian flags and start flying them instead,” he said.

posted on Wednesday, in which he heralded an Ukrainian “counter-offensive” that he said would see Kiev victorious by the end of summer – provided enough weapons and ammunition arrive from the US and its NATO allies.

Earlier in the day, US President Joe Biden announced $1 billion worth of military assistance, including anti-ship missiles, long-range rockets and more artillery. While Washington is sending only four HIMARS rocket launchers – which have not reached Ukraine yet – other NATO allies have pledged compatible equipment. The Pentagon’s policy chief on Tuesday revealed that the US will provide guided missiles with a range of 70 kilometers.

“assurances that they will not use these systems against targets on Russian territory,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said earlier this month. However, the US refuses to recognize Crimea as Russian territory, calling the peninsula that in March 2014 overwhelmingly and peacefully voted to rejoin Russia “illegally annexed.”

threatened to attack before. While the bridge was indeed the only way to reach Crimea from the Russian mainland for several years, currently the entire Black Sea coast from Kherson to Mariupol is under control of Russian and allied forces of the Donbass republics.