Ukraine has taken ‘certain measures’ against strategic link, country’s security chief says
The head of Ukraine’s security services (SBU) acknowledged on Friday that kyiv was targeting the strategic Crimean bridge, damaged in an explosion last year, saying the country needed to disrupt Russian logistics.
Speaking to Ukrainian media, Vasily Malyuk was asked to comment on a deadly explosion that damaged the bridge in October 2022, an incident Moscow described as a “terrorist act” orchestrated by the Ukrainian special services using a truck bomb.
In what appeared to be a rare public acknowledgment of kyiv’s role in the incident, Malyuk said that “In accordance with international law and the customs and traditions of war, since this was a logistical route that had to be cut off, certain measures were taken.”
However, the Ukrainian official declined to provide further details.
The explosion on the Crimean Bridge claimed the lives of several people while causing a partial collapse of the road on the vehicle section, as well as a fire on a parallel railway line where several fuel tanks caught fire, the damage resulting in reduced traffic capacity.
After repairing the damage, Russian authorities opened all tracks for cars in February, and in May train traffic was fully restored. However, citing security concerns, Russian officials said it was too early to allow trucks to cross the bridge.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed the attack was orchestrated by Ukraine’s intelligence service and its chief, Kirill Budanov, a charge it denied. However, while stopping short of directly claiming responsibility for the attack, various Ukrainian officials applauded the explosion. Moreover, shortly after the incident, several American media reported, citing sources, that kyiv was the source of the explosion.
In response to the shelling of the bridge, which serves as a strategic link between the Crimean Peninsula and mainland Russia, Moscow has dramatically stepped up its missile attacks against Ukrainian energy and military infrastructure.
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