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Russia warns of 'severe retaliation' if Ukraine hits Crimea Bridge

Maria Zacharowa warns Western countries against the destruction of the Crimean Bridge by Ukraine.
Maria Zacharowa warns Western countries against the destruction of the Crimean Bridge by Ukraine.
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5:03 PM EDT, May 4, 2024

Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, issued a stern warning to the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union countries regarding the potential consequences of a Ukrainian attack on the Kerch Bridge. She stated that Russia would launch a "crushing retaliatory strike" should Ukraine attempt to destroy the bridge that links annexed Crimea with Russia.

It's important to note that many statements from Russian media and officials may not be factual. These reports could be part of an information war waged by the Russian Federation. 

The spokesperson cautioned the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union about "crushing retaliatory strikes" in response to any efforts by Ukraine to demolish the Kerch Bridge. Ukraine has previously targeted the bridge twice, and there are signs they could be planning another assault, potentially in May or June.

"I want to caution Washington, London, and Brussels once again that any aggressive actions against Crimea will not only fail but will also trigger a severe response of retaliation," Zakharova said.

"The Moscow Times" has highlighted that a successful attack on the Crimean Bridge by Ukraine would pose a significant challenge for Russia, forcing it to redirect weapon transports through occupied southern Ukraine. This move could "significantly impair the Kremlin's offensive capabilities".

There's speculation that Ukraine might utilize American ATACMS missiles in an attempt to strike the Crimean Bridge. A post by Sergei Kislytsya, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, featured a collage titled "List of Six Main Types of Bridges in 2024," conspicuously omitting the Kerch Bridge.

Ukraine receives support from the United Kingdom

During his visit to Kyiv on Thursday, the British foreign secretary reassured Ukraine of the UK's support, allowing the use of supplied military equipment. "Ukraine has the right. When faced with Russian aggression on its territory, it's understandable that Ukraine wants to assert its right to self-defense," Reuters was told by David Cameron.

Volodymyr Zelensky expressed gratitude for the support from the United Kingdom, highlighting the significance of this gesture and the pivotal aid from the USA at this critical juncture.

Maria Zakharova, responding to David Cameron's statements at a Friday press conference, interpreted them as evidence of the "hybrid war the West is conducting against Russia."

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