Russian military installs ten boom barriers on Crimean Bridge to thwart Ukrainian drones

Crimean Bridge
Crimean Bridge

Russian occupation administration in Crimea has already installed ten boom barriers along the Crimean Bridge, the Crimean Wind Telegram channel reported on June 3.

"Along the Kerch bridge, they continue to install barge booms, ten of them already. There were nine the day before yesterday," the pro-Ukrainian channel writes.

The barriers are supposed to protect the illegally built bridge from Ukrainian naval drones.

SBU attacks on the Crimean Bridge

Ukraine’s SBU Security Service attacked the Crimean Bridge for the first time on Oct. 8, 2022.  After a truck explosion, two half-sections of the road part of the bridge collapsed, and the railroad tracks were also damaged.

The Kremlin regime later accused the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, of organizing the sabotage. For its part, the military intelligence denied these statements, calling them "nonsense."

Russia announced on May 5, 2023, that it had fully restored the destroyed part of the bridge. On July 8, 2023, then-Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Malyar confirmed that Ukraine was behind the explosion on the bridge.

The SBU Security Service attacked the Crimean Bridge again on July 17, 2023, using Sea Baby drones. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin admitted that one span of the road part of the Crimean Bridge could not be restored.

After Ukraine's successful attacks, the Russian occupation authorities additionally fenced the Crimean Bridge with "special anti-sabotage boom barriers" that can allegedly protect the structure from surface and underwater drones.

In February 2024, the Commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Vice Admiral Oleksiy Neyizhpapa, said he was convinced that the Crimean Bridge would be destroyed by the end of the year.

Subsequently, spymaster Budanov hinted that Ukraine would continue to strike at Russian targets in the temporarily occupied Crimea and advised civilians "not to use the bridge."

In March, the head of Ukraine’s Security Service, Lieutenant General Vasyl Malyuk, said that Ukraine had the potential to completely destroy the Crimean Bridge, but “all in good time”.

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