Any major disruption to the capacity of the Crimean Bridge is likely to have a significant impact on Russia's already limited ability to maintain its forces in southern Ukraine. This is stated in the Sunday review of the UK Department of Defense Intelligence Community.
She notes that the Crimean Bridge railway crossing was only opened for freight traffic in June 2020, but it «played a key role in the movement heavy military equipment to the southern front during the invasion» RF to Ukraine.
«This incident is likely to hit Putin hard. It happened a few hours after his 70th birthday, he personally financed and opened the bridge, and the building contractor was his childhood friend Arkady Rotenberg & # 187;, & # 8212; British intelligence notes.
In addition, in recent months, the commander of the Russian National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, who was Putin's bodyguard in the past, publicly assured about the safety of the Crimean bridge.
As you know, on Saturday morning, as a result of the explosion, the bridge across the Kerch Strait, which connects the Russian-occupied Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory of Russia, was damaged. Two of the four carriageways of the bridge collapsed in several places along a length of approximately 250 meters, which reduced its capacity.
Sources «Ukrainska Pravda» reported that the Security Service was behind the blowing up of the Crimean bridge.