Ukraine has recently raised concerns about Russia's construction of an alternative railway connection to the Crimean Peninsula, which has raised questions about the security of the Crimean Bridge.
Ukraine has recently raised concerns about Russia's construction of an alternative railway connection to the Crimean Peninsula, which has raised questions about the security of the existing Crimean Bridge. Ukrainian authorities have reported that Russia is actively building railway tracks and bridges in the southern Donetsk Oblast, aiming to integrate them with the existing railway infrastructure. This development is seen as an attempt to reduce dependence on the Crimean Bridge, which has repeatedly come under attack from Ukrainian air forces.
Vladyslaw Selezniow, a Ukrainian military expert, has cast doubts on the future of the Crimean Bridge, as Ukraine remains steadfast in its determination to regain control of Crimea. The recent escalation in Ukrainian air attacks on Russian forces in the region, combined with expectations of receiving advanced weaponry from Western allies, has heightened concerns regarding the bridge's security.
Selezniow emphasizes the critical need for F-16 fighter jets and ATACMS missiles to safeguard Ukrainian military operations on land and at sea. He suggests that targeting the Crimean Bridge could be the initial step in a strategy to disrupt Russian military logistics in Crimea. Ukraine anticipates the imminent delivery of F-16 fighters and American ATACMS missile systems from its Western partners.
Concurrently, Ukrainian forces have demonstrated their capability by successfully conducting air strikes on Russian military installations in Crimea, specifically targeting command centers and Russian naval vessels.
In the ongoing conflict, Ukraine's General Staff reports a significant uptick in Russian activities, including nearly 60 raids within the past 24 hours. Ukrainian anti-aircraft defenses have managed to intercept and down 31 combat drones deployed by the Russians. Russian forces have also launched rocket attacks, carried out airstrikes, and conducted artillery strikes on both Ukrainian army positions and urban areas, resulting in damage to civilian infrastructure and casualties.
Ukrainian forces are actively engaged in defensive and offensive operations in eastern and southern Ukraine, steadily reclaiming territories under occupation. Over the last 24 hours, direct confrontations and air raids have persisted, with Ukrainian Forces successfully neutralizing two Russian combat drones.