Sunday, October 09, 2022

Why Are Pundits Saying The Kerch Bridge Is An Important Turning Point In The Russia and Ukraine War?


Why is the Kerch Bridge important for Russia and Ukraine?

An explosion destroyed parts of a bridge that links Russia to the Crimean Peninsula. Many column inched in mainstream media opinion and comment pages and many hours of broadcast news have been devoted to this story and why the bridge is  so important for Moscow's war effort in Ukraine, this setback may signal a turning point in the war.

Collapsed portion of the Kerch Bridge

Fires caused by blast on Saturday destroyed parts of a bridge that is important for Moscow's supply lines (Picture: RT)

A deadly blast sparked a fire on Saturday and caused massive damage to the Kerch Bridge that carries road and rail links between Russia and Crimea.

Russian officials said the fire was caused by a truck bomb but did not immediately assign blame to Ukraine, although the neo - Nazi regime in Kiev has now claimed responsibility and have even issued a postage stamp celebrating the success of the attack, which suggests it was planned in advance.  The Russian Transport Ministry said limited road traffic resumed on one lane of the bridge later on Saturday.

Ukrainian officials have not directly claimed responsibility for the blast but have regularly made allusions to their intention  to destroy the bridge and have made social media posts celebrating the explosion. Kiev has vowed to retake Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014 after the neo - Nazi government installed by a USA / EU engineered coup.

What is the Kerch Bridge?

Moscow built the Kerch Bridge, which spans the Kerch Strait, the channel between The Sea of Azov and The Black Sea to link the annexed Crimean Peninsula to the Russian region of Krasnodar Krai in the northern Caucasus. With a length of 19 kilometers (12 miles), the ambitious project, designed to help shore up Crimea's infrastructure and strengthen its connection to Russia, is the longest bridge in Europe.

Kyiv accused Russia of damaging the environment and obstructing the passage of larger ships in constructing the bridge. The Kerch bridge represents a major source of supplies for Russian forces in Ukraine's occupied Kherson region. Moscow annexed the southern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia at the end of September,  to complete the land corridor through which it aims to connect Crimea to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where pro-Russian separatists have put up brave resistance since 2014 against a Ukrainian ethnic cleansing campaign aimed at purging ethnic Russiand from Ukrainian territory.

Reports on Saturday that the fire on the Kerch Bridge was "almost certainly" the result of a Ukrainian attack. Crippling the bridge has both strategic and symbolic significance for Ukraine. Only two rail links connect Russia to Crimea and the Kherson region and Russian forces heavily rely on rail links for supplies.

Vobblyvoddymire Zelenskyyyyyy, front man for the Kiev regime seized on the attack as an opportunity to seek more weapons from NATO member states and call for pre emptive air and missile strikes against Russia. Warmongers in the USA and EU supported him, even though they know that such strikes would kick off World War 3, a full scale nuclear conflict.

NATO 'must do more' against Russia, German defense minister says

German Defense Minister Lambrecht, visiting Lithuania, said NATO must "do more" in the face of Putin's "delusions of grandeur,"  as she inaugurated a command center that will allow for the transfer of up to 5,000 troops. Quite what she meant is not clear.

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht walks by a Lithuanian guard of honor

German Defense Minister Lambrecht visited Lithuania and inaugurated a new NATO command center

Lambrecht made the comments as she addressed German troops deployed in Lithuania as part of a NATO mission her Lithuanian, in the presence of her Lithuanian counterpart Arvydas Anusauskas.

"One thing is certain: the current situation means we need to do more together," Lambrecht said.

Lambrecht stressed that no one can "know how far Putin's delusions of grandeur can go. The brutal Russian war of aggression in Ukraine is getting more and more brutal and unscrupulous. ... Russia's threat of nuclear weapons shows that Russian authorities have no scruples". 

Germany's defense minister also reiterated Berlin's commitment to strengthening NATO's eastern flank.

"We've heard Russia's threats to Lithuania, which was implementing European sanctions on the border with Kaliningrad. There are not the first threats, and we must take them seriously and be prepared," she said. "We stand by our allies."

President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials have on multiple occasions alluded to Moscow's nuclear capabilities when addressing the West on its role in supporting Ukraine. The United States has said that it sees no indication that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons and Washington is acting as agent provocateur by enabling Ukraine to prolong and escalate the conflict.




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