Russia’s determination to fireside greater than 80 cruise missiles into Ukraine was “most likely” retaliation for the explosion on the Kerch Bridge, the place a gas tank ignited final weekend, intelligence officers mentioned.
“President Putin claimed the strikes have been in retaliation for the assault on the Kerch Bridge,” British Defence intelligence mentioned in an replace early Sunday. “Ukraine’s protection ministry reported that greater than half of the projectiles have been shot down, however dozens struck Kyiv and different inhabitants facilities, killing civilians and damaging civil infrastructure.”
An explosion rocked the Kerch Bridge, which connects the Crimean Peninsula to Russia, final Saturday when a gas tank caught on hearth, inflicting a part of the construction to fall into the water under, Russian officers mentioned.
The three individuals who died within the explosion have been presumably passengers within the automotive subsequent to the truck that exploded.
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Days after the explosion, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed Ukraine’s chief of intelligence was behind the “terrorist assault” and detained a number of folks additionally believed to be accountable, based on the Russian-owned media outlet TASS.
Five Russians and three residents of Ukraine and Armenia have been detained on Oct. 12, in reference to the bombing.
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Ukraine has not formally mentioned it was concerned within the assault, although the destruction of the bridge may benefit its conflict efforts as harm to the bridge disabled some transportation entry factors between mainland Russia and its entrance strains.
Moscow desires to hurry a restore on the Kerch Bridge and Putin mentioned he desires it restore to full performance by July 1, 2023. It’s building will likely be managed by Nizhneangarsktransstroy LLC, a Ukrainian outlet reported.
The Kerch Bridge was initially constructed in 2018 following Russia’s occupation of Crimea in 2014. It serves as a direct entry route by the Kerch Strait.
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.