Zelenskyy denies ordering Crimea Bridge bombing
Consequences of the explosion on the Crimean bridge on October 8, 2022 (Photo:Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS)
The Ukrainian government was not behind the Oct. 8 Crimea Bridge explosion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Canadian broadcaster CTV on Oct. 20.
“We definitely did not order it, as far as I’m aware,” said Zelenskyy.
Serhiy Nayev, Commander of the Joint Forces the Armed Forces of Ukraine, earlier suggested the bridge bombing could have stemmed from a conflict between competing Russian security and intelligence services.
The Crimea Bridge connects mainland Russia to Ukraine’s Crimea – which Moscow occupied back in 2014. It was being used as a major supply route to sustain invading Russian forces in occupied southern Ukraine.
A powerful explosion damaged the bridge on Oct. 8, collapsing a span of the road bridge and igniting a passing by fuel train. The resulting fire subsequently damaged the rail bridge as well.
Russian authorities said the bridge was damaged by a car bomb; repairs are expected to be complete by Summer 2023.
Ukrainian officials denied any involvement with the attack, suggesting it could have been a symptom of internal Russian power struggles.
At the same time, NV’s sources claim Ukraine’s SBU security service was behind the bombing. SBU press office did not provide a comment, adding that any discussion of potential ongoing operations will have to take place after the war concludes.
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