Russians, fearing strikes on Kerch bridge in Crimea, scrambling to organize more ferry services – Chubarov

30 April, 07:12 PM
Refat Chubarov, chairman of the Mejlis (Photo:Oleksandr Medvedev / NV)

Refat Chubarov, chairman of the Mejlis (Photo:Oleksandr Medvedev / NV)

The Russian invaders are urgently organizing more ferry services between Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea and Russia due to the vulnerability of the bridge across the Kerch Strait to Ukraine’s long-range precision weapons, Crimean Tatar leader Refat Chubarov wrote on Facebook on April 30.

Chubarov said he doubted that the Russians would have enough ferries “to evacuate all their demoralized troops who may be trapped on the peninsula (in the event of a Ukrainian military operation to liberate the occupied territory).”

“So, Russian citizens who thought they could settle on stolen foreign territory: don’t count on ferries – there will only be six of them, which won’t even be able to evacuate all the military personnel of the Russian occupying army,” said Chubarov.

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“So the sooner you voluntarily leave Crimea, the more trouble you will avoid when the Ukrainian Armed Forces start to liberate Crimea.”

Explosions were heard near the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea early on April 29, followed by a massive fire at a local oil depot in Kozacha Bay in the west of the city. According to the occupation authorities, four fuel tanks were damaged, and the fire covered an area of 1,000 square meters.

However, video circulating on social media appeared to show the fire spreading to the entire facility, which has, or had, over 20 large oil tanks.

The Kremlin-installed governor of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, claimed that there had been a drone attack on Sevastopol, and that Russian air defenses allegedly shot down one UAV, while jamming the controls of another with electronic warfare equipment.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces did not comment on their involvement in the incident, but Ukraine’s General Staff published a reminder in the morning that April 29 was the 105th anniversary of the raising of Ukrainian flags on the ships of the Black Sea Fleet and the Sevastopol fortress.

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