Ukraine urged to destroy Russia’s bridge to Crimea by NATO commander – ‘Legitimate target’

UKRAINE has been urged to bomb Russia’s bridge to Crimea by a former NATO commander.

By SEAN MELEADY

04:06, Fri, Jul 8, 2022 | UPDATED: 05:31, Fri, Jul 8, 2022

The bridge links Crimea with mainland Russia – aka mafia land (Image: Getty Images

General Philip Breedlove, who was supreme allied commander for Europe from 2013 to 2016 said an attack could be launched with newly supplied Harpoon missiles. Sir Philip said that an attack could be a devastating blow for the Kremlin as it links mainland Russia with Crimea which, according to Moscow, was incorporated into the Russian Federation in 2014.

The General told The Times the bridge is a “legitimate target” due to Russia’s ongoing aggression towards Ukraine.

He said: “Kerch bridge is a legitimate target. It doesn’t surprise me at all that the Russians are concerned about Kerch bridge. It’s incredibly important to them. Now that the West has given Ukraine [sub-sonic, sea-skimming cruise] Harpoon missiles [with a range of up 200 miles] I think the Russians have every reason to be worried about Ukraine launching an attack on the bridge.

General Philip Breedlove has urged Ukraine to bomb the Kerch bridge (Image: Getty Images )

“There are many Western leaders and ex-leaders like me who are having conversations now about what would happen if Russia begins to sink Ukrainian grain ships or if the Russian naval blockade goes kinetic.

“There are discussions about how the West can respond if this happens.

“Several people I have spoken to say ‘dropping’ [destroying] Kerch bridge would be a huge blow to Russia. Kerch bridge is a legitimate target.

“I am a trained civil engineer and I know about bridge construction.

“All bridges have their weak points and if targeted in the right spot it could render Kerch bridge unserviceable for a period of time.

“But if they wanted to drop the bridge, that would require a more dedicated bombing operation.

“I hear a lot of people asking whether it is right for Ukraine to take such aggressive action and whether the West would support it, but I cannot understand that argument.

“Russia has invaded Ukraine and has launched attacks not just from inside Ukraine but also from Russia, Belarus, Crimea and the Black Sea, and have killed tens of thousands of people.

“So we shouldn’t worry about Ukraine being bellicose in its approach to targets inside Russia.

“It would be like asking Roger Federer to play tennis with one hand tied behind his back and to constantly receive serve.”

Predominantly Russian-speaking Crimea was incorporated into the Russian Federation in 2014 following a controversial referendum, although the move was not widely recognized internationally.

The region was historically seen as Russian but was handed to Ukraine then became a Soviet republic by Communist leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1954. 

The 11-mile Kerch Strait bridge carries both road and rail traffic to Crimea was constructed between 2016 and 2018 at a cost of $3.5billion.

In recent days, evidence has emerged that Russian troops may be preparing for a possible attack on the bridge.

They have put in place countermeasures alongside the bridge to deflect missile strikes and reflective radars to confuse missile guidance systems.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1637262/Ukraine-Crimea-NATO-General-Philip-Breedlove-Kerch-Bridge-ont

2 comments

  1. “All bridges have their weak points and if targeted in the right spot it could render Kerch bridge unserviceable for a period of time.”

    Ukraine got a hold of the complete construction documents a week or two ago and I’m sure that they have experts at work, finding those weak spots.

    “I hear a lot of people asking whether it is right for Ukraine to take such aggressive action and whether the West would support it, but I cannot understand that argument.”

    Well, those people who are asking such idiotic questions are brainless morons. Plain and simple. Look at the MASSIVE destruction and killing that mafia land is doing to Ukraine. Any questions about a legitimacy of destroying A BRIDGE is thus completely superfluous.

    To set the record straight about Crimea, it belonged to mafia land for not even 200 years. This cannot be seen as belonging “historically” to it. Other peoples had it longer!

    Having said that, Ukraine will destroy this bridge. But, they will do so when we least expect it, as it should be.

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