A Major Escalation In The Ukraine War
The Kerch Strait bridge was the only bridge connecting the Crimea peninsula to mainland Russia.
Early on Saturday, the bridge was attacked, by what appears to have been a suicide truck bomb.
According to early photos, the damaged appeared to be extensive, with an automobile span broken and sunk into the water, and the rail span above in flames.
As Elon Musk noted in his proposal to end the Ukraine War (and possibly prevent a nuclear war), Crimea had been part of Russia since 1783, until Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev transferred it to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic from the Russian Soviet Republic. Crimea’s port city of Sebastopol has also historically been the home port of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, and is populated by primarily by ethnic Russians. It was re-annexed by Russia in 2014, after a U.S.-supported color revolution deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who had agreed to extend Russia’s lease on the naval base at Sebastopol.
If, as seems likely, this was a Ukrainian attack (In August, one of President Zelensky’s advisors vowed that they would attack the bridge), it represents a major escalation in the war, and comes on the heels of the U.S. Government acknowledging that the Ukrainian government was behind the assassination of Daria Dugina in Russia.
Oleg Morozov, deputy of the State Duma from ruling United Russia party, told RIA Novosty that the attack on the bridge was an act of “terrorist war”:
An undisguised terrorist war is being waged against us. Moreover, the long-announced terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge is no longer just a challenge, it is a declaration of war without rules
Google translation via RIA Novosty
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