The head of the Ukrainian Post Office, Ihor Smylzhansky, announced that a special stamp would be printed from the bridge. “Mornings have never looked so beautiful. For this holiday we’re releasing a new stamp with the Crimean Bridge – or whatever it is.” A postmark of Moscow’s wrecked ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet was previously issued by the Ukrainian Post Office.
Selenskyj leaves the engagement open
President Volodymyr Zelensky has opened up about Ukraine’s involvement in the Crimean bridge explosion – and raved about the weather in his daily video address. It was mostly sunny and hot in Ukraine, “unfortunately it was cloudy in Crimea, although it was hot there,” he said, noting the morning blast on the bridge. He did not elaborate on the incident.
“Crimea. The bridge. The beginning,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak wrote on Twitter. “Everything illegal must be destroyed, everything stolen must be returned to Ukraine.” Podoliak, however, did not explicitly blame Ukraine for the explosions and fires. On the contrary: A few hours later, Podoljak reported back and said the trail “clearly” led to Russia.
The Russians want revenge
Russia’s anti-terrorist group did not initially provide any information on who might be behind the blasts that killed three people. Prominent Russian foreign policy expert Leonid Slutsky said several statements by prominent politicians in Ukraine claimed Kyiv had organized a “terrorist attack”. Ukrainian media reported that the SBU secret service in Kyiv was behind the special operation. If the Ukrainian front is confirmed, “the consequences will be inevitable,” Slutsky said. “The response should be drastic, but not necessarily,” he said.
Sergei Mironov, chairman of the Duma parliamentary committee, called for strikes on Ukraine’s infrastructure in particular, such as power plants, bridges and railways. Lots of Russians Campaigners also called for retaliation. “The enemy has stopped being afraid, and this fact must be corrected immediately,” wrote Yevgeny Podupny, a military blogger and war correspondent for Russian state television.
Putin ordered security measures
It is unclear how the Kremlin will respond to the alleged attack beyond the investigation. In the summer, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev threatened massive retaliation if the bridge was attacked.
Putin’s speech to Russian citizens about the incident is not scheduled for the next few days, his spokesman insisted. The President initially only ordered the establishment of a commission to find out the background of the incident.
In addition, in the evening, he instructed the FSB secret service by decree to focus more on protecting the energy infrastructure and controlling the bridge between Crimea and Russia. Ramzan Kadyrov, the ruler of Chechnya, offered to use his units to protect the Crimean bridge in the future.
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