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​Destruction of the Kerch Bridge: Ukraine's SBU, Navy Behind the Nighttime Assault State Media Reports

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Blasts, destruction reported on Kerch Bridge / Illustrative photo
Blasts, destruction reported on Kerch Bridge / Illustrative photo

The attack on the Kerch Strait Bridge was a special operation conducted by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Ukrainian Navy, Ukrainian state information and news agency Ukrinform reports citing its sources in the SBU

"It was hard to get to the bridge, but this was eventually done," the SBU said. It also recalled a statement by SBU Chief Vasyl Maliuk that the bridge is a legitimate target for Ukraine, Ukrinform reports.

Crimea bridge appears damaged amid reports of explosions – video by The Guardian Guardian

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Earlier Nataliia Humeniuk, spokesperson for Ukraine's southern security and defense forces, said on national television that the damage to the bridge could be a Russian provocation before the extension of the grain agreement, which expires on July 17, according to Ukraine's public broadcaster Suspilne.

"With such a concentration of naval groups in this area and general tension against the background of the question of the extension of the 'grain deal,' the creation of similar provocations, which the occupation authorities in Crimea immediately report very loudly, is a typical way of resolving such issues on the part of the occupation authorities in Crimea and the aggressor country in general," Humeniuk said.

Kamikaze boat of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, Destruction of the Kerch Bridge - Ukraine's SBU, Navy Behind the Nighttime Assolt State Media Reports, Defense Express
Kamikaze boat of the Defense Forces of Ukraine / Illustrative image from open sources

According to preliminary reports, a span of the Kerch Strait Bridge collapsed at around 04:00 on Monday, July 17. Before that, there was an explosion.

The photographs of the damaged Kerch Strait Bridge (also known as the Crimean Bridge) have been shared on the social media pages.

In particular, the relevant images were posted by Baza Telegram channel.

At least two people are reported to have been killed and one injured. Huge queues formed in front of the bridge. Train traffic was halted.

The Defense Intelligence of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine recalled a statement by its chief, Kyrylo Budanov, who said that the Kerch Strait Bridge is an unnecessary structure.

The grain agreement expires on July 17. Russia has declared that it does not intend to extend the deal and demands that part of the sanctions be lifted.

Defense Express reported, that The Kerch Bridge Was Attacked Again, the russians Claimed to Have Shot Down a Ukrainian Missile while earlier we publisheda video with Kerch Bridge On Fire After an Explosion.

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