Inaugurated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018, the 19 km long bridge is Moscow’s main military and civilian land corridor to the peninsula, annexed in 2014.
“This bridge is an illegal object,” Mychailo Podoliak, adviser to the President of Ukraine, wrote on social networks.
“Therefore it must be destroyed. It doesn’t matter how – voluntarily or not,” he added, implying that the bridge across the Kerch Strait could become a military target for Ukrainian forces.
Russia annexed Crimea after mass demonstrations in Ukraine in 2014 that ousted pro-Kremlin President Viktor Yanukovych. Later that year, eastern Ukraine erupted the war between the army and Moscow-backed separatists, which became a prelude to the large-scale military invasion launched by Russia on February 24 this year.
Russian military facilities on the peninsula have recently been rocked by a series of explosions, with the Defense Ministry saying this week’s incident was an act of “sabotage”.
Kyiv has not publicly claimed responsibility for the blasts, but Ukrainian politicians and military officials have ironically commented on the incidents online, implying that the country’s forces were involved.
After the explosions at an ammunition depot near the village of Dzhankoy late Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address that Russian tourists had started pouring in from the annexed peninsula, realizing that “Crimea is not a place for them.”
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