Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Crimea bridge blast on Kerch Bridge was a terrorist attack orchestrated by Ukraine. He is to hold a meeting of his security council on Monday and respond to this incursion on Russian territory.
Putin will respond today
“There is no doubt. This is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying critically important civilian infrastructure. This was devised, carried out and ordered by the Ukrainian special services,” Putin said in a video on the Kremlin’s Telegram channel.Russian President Putin
Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said to TASS news agency, “Russia can only respond to this crime by directly killing terrorists, as is the custom elsewhere in the world. This is what Russian citizens expect.”
Crimea bridge blast
The Kerch Bridge is a key link between Russia and Crimea, built after Moscow illegally annexed the territory in 2014. It is also an artery for the port of Sevastopol, where the Russian Black Sea fleet is based.
Putin met Sunday with Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the Investigative Committee, who said the explosion on the bridge was caused by a vehicle that had travelled through Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, North Ossetia and Russia’s Krasnodar region.
Ukrainian special services were helped by Americans and British SAS as well as other foreign nationals, he said in a video posted on Telegram.