The expert does not rule out that the Russians will continue “shelling for revenge”.
In Russia, for the second day in a row, statements and calls for revenge against Ukraine for the destroyed Ukraine continue to be heard Crimean bridge. As you know, the Ukrainian defense forces neither confirmed nor denied their involvement in the explosion at this illegal structure.
But after the attack of surface drones on the bridge, Russia attacked the southern regions of Ukraine with six Kalibr missiles and 31 Shahed UAVs.
At the same time, Ukrainian experts are sure that this attack by the occupiers was not revenge for the city. It is likely that the shelling was planned earlier, but coincided with the destruction of the bridge.
Such an opinion in the comment for TSN.ua expressed the military-political columnist of the “Information Resistance” group Oleksandr Kovalenko. A TSN.ua journalist spoke with him a few minutes before Putin’s spokesman Dmytro Peskov declared that the night attack was indeed revenge for the city.
“This (retaliatory missile strike – Ed.) requires time to prepare. If ammunition is available it may take 48 to 72 hours for the occupants“, Oleksandr Kovalenko says, realizing that time is needed for logistics and training of strike groups.
To this he adds: “What happened today in Odesa and Mykolaiv (shelling by the occupiers – Ed.) – I cannot call it exactly a reaction to the Crimean bridge. Most likely, it was a pre-prepared action. They knew in advance that they would break the grain agreement and would “celebrate” it like this (with shelling – Ed.)”.
It will be recalled that at night the Air Force destroyed 6 enemy Kalibr cruise missiles, 31 Shahed attack drones and one reconnaissance UAV.
“Regarding the missile component, limited ammunition was used,” Kovalenko comments on the situation. even more often. Since June 24, the Russians have hardly used Kh-22, Kh-101, Kh-555 air missiles. I do not rule out that they are saving them for revenge. Perhaps saved to use on August 24, the Independence Day of Ukraine or the day before, to terrorize the week. Or ammunition is being stockpiled on the eve of the heating season in order to strike the energy infrastructure.”
But despite all this, Kovalenko draws attention to the fact that Russian propagandists claim that the night strikes are revenge for the Crimean bridge. According to Russian mass propaganda, Putin’s spokesman Peskov also affirmatively said this.
“In this way, they are trying to “slurp”, saying that it was revenge, that’s all, we took revenge. But at the same time, they can continue to accumulate missiles to attack Ukraine, for example, on Independence Day,” Kovalenko says.
In turn, the former spokesman of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Vladyslav Seleznev also doubts that the night attack of the Russians was actually revenge for the Crimean Bridge.
“This was a planned action by the enemy to destroy the port infrastructure, from where sea transport with grain is sent to the countries of Asia and Africa,” says Seleznyov.
Explosions on the Crimean Bridge: what is known
On the night of July 17, two explosions rang out in the area of the Crimean Bridge, which were heard by residents of nearby settlements. In the morning, photos and videos with significant damage to the automobile part of the bridge appeared on the Internet. At the same time, the local occupation authorities announced an “emergency event” in the area of the 145th pier of the bridge.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation announced an attack on the bridge by two apparently Ukrainian surface drones and damage to one of the sections of the structure. The department opened a case on the article about the terrorist attack.
Simultaneously the SBU said, who are watching with interest “how one of the symbols of Putin’s regime once again failed to withstand the military load.” All details of the “cotton” organization in the service promised to be revealed after the victory of Ukraine.
It is worth noting that this is the second serious destruction of the Crimean bridge since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. The last time it was damaged was on October 8 at 06:00. At the time, the Russians claimed that the explosion was triggered by a truck that was allegedly planted with explosives.