Russia accuses Ukraine of three attacks on Crimean Bridge

The Russian Defence Ministry has reported that three Ukrainian army attacks on the Crimean Bridge were repelled in the early hours of 2 September, the agency said on Saturday.

The ministry noted that the first attack took place at 11:15 PM on 1 September when a Ukrainian sea drone attempted to strike the bridge and was destroyed.

The second attack occurred at 2:10 AM on 2 September. The ministry added that this Ukrainian sea drone was also intercepted.

Russian troops eliminated the third Ukrainian sea drone “sent by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terror attack against the Crimean Bridge” at around 2:20 AM on 2 September.

The Russian authorities said that no one had been killed or injured. The Crimean Bridge traffic was interrupted for three hours. The Ukrainian side did not offer comments on the report.

The first Crimean Bridge attack was carried out on 8 October 2022. The explosion resulted in a collapse of a road section and a fire on a train that was transporting fuel. Four people were killed.

The second bridge attack took place on 17 July 2023. A married couple from Russia’s Belgorod region was killed. Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council Oleksiy Danilov confirmed that the Ukrainian intelligence services had been involved in both attacks.

On 12 August, the occupation authorities of annexed Crimea reported that air defences had downed two missiles near the Crimean Bridge. Official Oleg Kryuchkov wrote that “special services put up a smoke screen”. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky de facto claimed responsibility for the attack.

On 19 August, the Russian Defence Ministry said that a missile had been intercepted in Crimea, clarifying that Russian air defences went live and no one was injured.

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