Ukraine has chance to deliver devastating blow to Russia, says ex-NATO commander

Ukraine has the chance to deliver a blow to Russia by striking the Kerch Strait Bridge, according to a former NATO commander.

General Philip Breedlove, who served as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, said The temperature Thursday that the bridge is a “legitimate target”. The Kerch Strait Bridge is actually a pair of bridges that connect mainland Russia with Crimea, the peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014.

After Russia recently claimed control of the battlefield city of Severodonetsk and the Luhansk region, a high-profile strike on something like the Kerch Strait Bridge could benefit Ukraine after months of war . Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered all units involved in the Luhansk offensive to suspend the invasion so that they could “strengthen their forces”.

“Units that took part in active hostilities and achieved successes, victories in the direction of Luhansk, of course, should rest, increase their combat capabilities,” Putin said.

Ukraine has the chance to deliver a blow to Russia by striking the Kerch Strait Bridge, according to a former NATO commander. Above, a general view of the Crimean Bridge built to connect Russia’s Krasnodar region and the Crimean Peninsula across the Kerch Strait is pictured on March 14, 2018.
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While units in Luhansk were ordered to rest, the Russian assault continued in other parts of Ukraine. A July 7 assessment from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), which provides frequent updates on the conflict in Ukraine, said Russian forces continued to advance towards the city of Slovyansk in the Donetsk region. They made “marginal gains” southeast of the Donetsk city of Siversk and continued offensive operations west of the Lysychansk region, which had been the last major city of Luhansk to be held by the Ukraine before Russia announced on Sunday that it had been seized. .

Russian operations also continued south and east of the city of Bakhmut in Donetsk, while Putin’s army carried out a “limited and unsuccessful” attack north of the city of Kharkiv, it said. the ISW.

Breedlove is not the first to call for the destruction of the Kerch Strait Bridge. An opinion piece published in the New York Post by Iulia-Sabina Joja of the Middle East Institute, a nonprofit think tank for which Breedlove is also listed as an expert, said Ukraine must destroy it in order to “cut the strategically important land bridge” that Putin attempts to establish between mainland Russia and Crimea.

“With the land bridge, Moscow can regularly resupply its forces and launch attacks in western Ukraine,” Joja wrote.

“To solve this problem – and to cut the strategically important land bridge – the Ukrainians need long-range rockets and far superior air power provided by drones and fighter jets. Either MiG-29s and Su -24, old American F-14s and F-16s, will do,” Joja wrote in the article.

Newsweek contacted the Defense Ministries of Russia and Ukraine for comment.


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