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War Tide Turning? Ukraine Strikes Blow to Crimean Bridge, Disrupting Vital Russian Supply Route

Russia Attempts Kyiv Strike Key Crimea Bridge Is Sabotaged
Source: MEGA

The Kerch Strait Bridge in Crimea is a major choke point in Russia's war effort.

Mar. 28 2024, Published 11:03 a.m. ET

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The Ukrainian military recently intercepted a Russian missile attack on Kyiv, the capital city, resulting in at least 10 injuries.

The missile's shrapnel landed in a three-story building in the city center, causing chaos as school children sought shelter. The building, which housed a gym used by an art academy and an exhibition hall, was destroyed in the attack.

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Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, expressed outrage on social media, condemning the Russian army's actions and emphasizing the urgent need for enhanced air defense systems.

He highlighted the necessity for Patriot systems and missiles capable of thwarting any future attacks.

According to Reuters, the missile was launched from Crimea, over 310 miles away, underscoring the extensive reach of the Russian military.

Despite the missile being intercepted before reaching its target, the late detection by Ukraine's warning system resulted in significant damage, raising concerns about the effectiveness of the defense mechanisms.

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The attack coincides with Ukraine's reported disruption of Russia's use of the Kerch Strait Bridge, a crucial supply route connecting Crimea to the rest of Russia.

Vasyl Maliuk, head of the Ukrainian security service, revealed that recent strikes on the bridge had rendered it unusable for transporting military supplies. Previously, Russia had transported a considerable amount of weaponry and artillery across the bridge, but now, only a fraction of that can pass through.

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Maliuk hinted at the possibility of further damaging the bridge but cautioned against hasty decisions, suggesting a strategic approach to the situation.

Meanwhile, Moscow is working on building an alternative railway system spanning 450 miles to connect Crimea with the occupied regions of Eastern Ukraine, aiming to mitigate the impact of disruptions to the Kerch Strait Bridge.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged the reconstruction of a railway line from Rostov-on-Don to Donetsk, Mariupol, and Berdyansk, presenting it as an alternative route to Crimea. This move reflects Russia's efforts to maintain supply lines amidst challenges posed by Ukrainian resistance.

Additionally, Russia grapples with the aftermath of a terrorist attack near Moscow, claimed by ISIS-K, an offshoot of the Islamic State group. The attack, which resulted in the loss of 139 lives, underscores the ongoing security threats faced by Russia.

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