When Will the Ukrainian Armed Forces Be Able to Strike the Crimean Bridge?

Crimean Bridge on fire / Illustrative render by Defense Express
Crimean Bridge on fire / Illustrative render by Defense Express

Oleksandr Kovalenko, a military and political observer of the Information Resistance group, expressed the opinion that at least 30 ATACMS missiles are needed to effectively destroy all russian S-400 and S-300 air defense systems located in Crimea

He expressed this opinion on Espreso TV.

When asked when the Ukrainian Armed Forces would be able to strike the Crimean bridge, Kovalenko said that when the conditions are most favorable.

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There is evidence that the S-400 SAM system was destroyed during the attack on russian Dzhankoi Air Base in temporarily occupied Crimea

"We started our conversation with you from the airfield in Dzhankoi, where the division of the 18th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment was destroyed, the same one that sided with the russian occupiers in 2014, that is, the first division of traitors was destroyed, and retribution has begun. Another nuance is the fact that there are several sites that have S-400 launchers in service: Feodosia, Yevpatoriya, Sevastopol, and Cape Tarkhankut. Again, these are all the same divisions of the 18th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment, two divisions of the 12th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment (also traitors, by the way) and the Third Radio Regiment," said the military and political observer of the Information Resistance group.

Kovalenko explained that these weapons pose a threat to air attacks on the Crimean bridge.

The S-400 missile systems, Defense Express
The S-400 missile systems / open source

"As soon as these components cease to be combat-ready, the airspace of Crimea will not be covered by long-range S-400 and S-300 systems, which opens up appropriate routes to the bridge with one or another type of weapon. We conclude that in order to finish off all the sites where russian S-400 air defense systems are located, we need at least 30 more ATACMS missiles, and then we can say that such illegal construction as the Kerch Bridge deserves a new legal destruction," Kovalenko concluded.

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