The blast that rocked the Crimean Bridge, also known as the Kerch Bridge, which connects Russian-occupied Crimea to the mainland on Saturday, has been described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as an “act of terrorism” and justification for carrying out over 80 people used rockets and rocket attacks on key infrastructure facilities in Ukraine on Monday.
However, the mystery remains as to who bombed the bridge and how.
Already humiliated by heavy casualties on the front lines in Ukraine, Moscow was quick to theorize that the blast was a terrorist attack, in which a huge amount of explosives was hidden in a truck and detonated as the vehicle crossed the bridge bound for Crimea.
While Kyiv remained silent on Saturday’s blast, Russian President Putin said in a video posted to the Kremlin’s Telegram channel on Sunday: “There is no doubt. This is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying vital civilian infrastructure.”
“This was conceived, implemented and ordered by the Ukrainian special services,” he said.
However, given its scale and ingenuity, military experts and analysts have put forward multiple theories ranging from missiles to underwater attacks as the cause of the blast.
An analysis in CNN puts gaps in the truck bomb narrative presented by Moscow, arguing it is unclear how a truck bomb would cause two separate spans of westbound lanes to collapse into the Kerch Strait.
Noting that the force of such a truck blast would have been primarily upward and outward, the CNN report points out that the way the spans collapsed implies that the force of the blast came from below .
The CNN analysis quotes Chris Cobb-Smith, a British Army veteran and analyst with the research group Forensic Architecture, as saying: “I don’t think a truck bomb could do that kind of damage. This would have resulted in a suicide bomber. unheard of in connection with this conflict.”
Given that images and video of the crime scene are inconclusive and the Kerch Bridge is about 150 miles from the nearest Ukrainian positions, out of range of western-supplied weapons, the CNN report, citing analysts, says it A drone-launched missile or an underwater missile A sabotage team that had charges attached to the bridge’s support structure may have caused the explosion.
In addition, the narrative of the terrorist attack helps the Russian military avoid the embarrassment of “having to explain why its multi-layered defenses around the bridge failed,” while providing Moscow with “justification for the massive escalation of attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure.” to offer. “
Since the Russian invasion, several Ukrainian officials have publicly claimed the bridge is a legitimate target. In June, a Ukrainian military official, Major General Dmytro Marchenko, described the Kerch Bridge as “target number one.”
“This is no secret to their military or our military. Neither for their civilians nor for our civilians. That’s going to be the number one target to hit, if their intestines are cut off, they’re going to panic,” he said.
In early April, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, said that the bridge across the Kerch Strait, built by Russia after it occupied Crimea, would be blown up when the opportunity arose.
Meanwhile, one of President Zelenskyy’s highest-ranking advisers, Mikhailo Podolyak, recommended On Twitter, the Russians caused the explosion themselves, due to the internal power struggle between the Russian security service and the Ministry of Defense. The Ukrainian government says nothing officially: its secret service wants to remain silent until after the war. Zelenskyy himself has so far refrained from commenting on the attack, except to say that “the weather in Crimea was cloudy”.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/despite-russias-claim-mystery-continues-over-who-bombed-crimea-bridge-1839392?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Despite Russia’s claims, the mystery of who bombed the Crimean Bridge continues