Contrary to the claims made by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, the recent massive Russian barrage of missile and air strikes across Ukraine was planned before the Kerch Bridge explosion, U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told CNN on Oct. 11.
“It likely was something that they had been planning for quite some time,” said Kirby.
“Now that’s not to say that the explosion on the Crimea Bridge might have accelerated some of their planning.”
According to Kirby, it's hard to say yet whether Putin shifted his strategy entirely towards attempting to ruin Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure.
Russia carried out at least 83 missile and air strikes against Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities on Oct. 10, killing 14 civilians. The attack took out parts of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, precipitating a series of disruptions in power and water supply across the country.