After much speculation, the involvement of the Ukrainian intelligence agency in the two explosions on the Crimea Bridge, connecting the Russian region of Krasnodar to the annexed Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, has been officially confirmed.
Details of the Explosions
Oleksiy Danilov, the Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, revealed on Ukrainian television that their military had targeted several objects that Russia believed were 100% protected. The Crimea Bridge was one such target, and representatives from the Ukrainian intelligence agency disclosed their involvement in both the first and second explosions that occurred.
Confirmation by Ukrainian Intelligence Chief
Ukrainian Intelligence Chief Vasily Maliuk publicly acknowledged in July that the explosion on the Crimea Bridge in October 2022 was orchestrated by the Ukrainian intelligence agency. Similarly, the second explosion on July 17th of this year was also carried out by their operatives. While Ukrainian media had previously speculated about this involvement, official confirmation had been withheld.
Importance of Crimea for President Zelensky
For Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, recapturing the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea remains a crucial war objective and a primary condition for achieving peace. The situation in the region remains highly volatile, and tensions could escalate at any time.
High-Risk Situation in Russia
Given the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine, regions bordering Ukraine, and to a lesser extent other parts of Russia, including Moscow, have experienced an increase in military attacks and sabotage. Consequently, a partial travel warning has been issued for the country.
Travel to the administrative regions of Belgorod, Kursk, Bryansk, Voronezh, Rostov, and Krasnodar, which are adjacent to Ukraine, is discouraged. Austrian citizens currently in these areas are urgently advised to contact the relevant Austrian diplomatic authority or the nearest representation of an EU member state.
The confirmation of Ukrainian intelligence involvement in the explosions on the Crimea Bridge has added to the already tense situation in the region. The ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia poses risks not only for the two nations but also for travelers in the affected areas. The situation remains highly dynamic, and it is crucial to exercise caution and remain updated with official travel advisories to ensure personal safety.