The Ukrainian President’s Office has responded to the explosions which rocked the Crimean Bridge on the night of July 17.
Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the Head of the Presidential Office, posted a brief statement on Twitter this morning stating “Any illegal constructions used to deliver Russian instruments of mass murder are short-lived, regardless of the reasons for their destruction.”
Earlier, in response to the incident, Andriy Yusov, a representative of Ukrainian intelligence, quoted Kyrylo Budanov, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR), who called the Crimean Bridge “an unnecessary structure.”
According to an NV source in law enforcement agencies, the Ukrainian SBU Security Service and the Ukrainian Navy were involved in the nighttime explosion of the Crimean Bridge. The publication’s source stated that surface drones were used in the attack.
The SBU responded by neither confirming nor denying its involvement.
Latest updates on the Crimean Bridge blast
On the morning of July 17, Sergei Aksyonov, the Kremlin-appointed “head” of Russia-occupied Crimea, declared an “extraordinary event” near the 145th pylon of the Crimean Bridge.
Russian media outlets have reported explosions and potential damage to the bridge’s supports and one of its spans. The Russian Ministry of Transport later claimed that the roadway had been affected.
Road traffic was halted, but rail transport has since been restored. Massive traffic jams formed before the bridge, and the occupants urged Russians to travel through temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
The governor of Belgorod Oblast reported two deaths and one injured child.
Russian resources suggest that the Crimean Bridge may have been attacked by upgraded water drones. The Ukrainian Armed Forces do not rule out the possibility that the explosions could be a Russian provocation.
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