Ukraine threatens to dismantle a bridge linking mainland Russia with Crimea Ukraine threatened on Wednesday to dismantle the Kerch Bridge, built at great expense by Moscow to connect Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula, where place several explosions on Russian military bases. “This bridge is an illegal structure and Ukraine did not give permission for its construction. It damages the ecology of the peninsula and must therefore be dismantled. It doesn’t matter how: voluntarily or not, ”wrote on Telegram the adviser to the Ukrainian presidency Mykhaïlo Podoliak. The Kerch Bridge, inaugurated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May 2018, represented a colossal two-year project to build the 19 kilometers linking mainland Russia to Crimea and open up the peninsula four years after its annexation. This veiled threat from Mr. Podoliak comes after a series of explosions in Crimea, which Russia is using as a logistical rear base for its invasion of Ukraine launched on February 24. On Tuesday, an attack targeted an ammunition depot on a military base near Djankoï, in northern Crimea, Moscow evoking an “act of sabotage” without naming those responsible. A week earlier, explosions had occurred at the Russian military airfield of Sayi, in the west of the peninsula, killing one person and injuring several. While Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for these attacks, its officials have not failed to ironically suggest that these incidents were due to poorly extinguished cigarettes or poor compliance with the regulations in force against fires.
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