Explosion damages bridge to Crimea that’s vital to Russia’s war efforts

Explosion damages bridge to Crimea that’s vital to Russia’s war efforts

Welcome back to CBC News Network you’re looking at a vital bridge for Russia connecting Mainland Russia to Crimea and we’re learning this morning that there has been an explosion on that bridge that vital Supply link and it’s called the Kirch Bridge the explosion happened around 6 a.m this morning there’s still a lot that is unclear about what.

Happened here but Russia is blaming a truck bomb while Ukraine meanwhile has stopped short of accepting any sort of responsibility and we are continuing to track the very latest on the ground there meanwhile we have reached Neil Kent he is the author of the 2016 book Crimea a history and a professor at the University of Cambridge he is joining us.

Now from Croatia thank you so much for making time for us this morning thank you for asking me first and foremost I want to begin with your reaction to the explosion that we’re seeing on that bridge well I have to say I’m surprised uh really it’s taken this long to happen uh it’s an obvious Target and one which one.

Would have thought uh they would have attacked initially who um now one has to say perhaps one reason why it wasn’t attacked is that um Ukraine and those hostile to uh Russia’s Invasion were waiting until they felt they were acting in a position of strength uh because obviously their conquest or.

Re-e acquisition of Russia’s uh conquered territory um is increasing at a starting pace now I alluded already to the significance of this bridge but can you explain to us just how vital it is for Russia this bridge is a Lifeline for the Russians the Crimea they have built it.

Because it’s the only direct connection other than by ship and now through perhaps the Concord territories around mariopol um the only link between Mainland Russia in Crimea so lots of oil and other warm material uh Railway carriages passengers cars they all made their way over this bridge and it has.

Immense symbolical significance as well and because it was a crowning engineering achievement that Russia had uh succeeded in for creating this bridge and it’s also no surprise that the architect and Engineers are sanctioned we know that Russia has been faltering as of late I’m curious what do you think damaging this artery is going to do to.

Russia’s war effort well it certainly significantly under-minded but one has to say Russia has created a land bridge from Crimea all the way to Russia through mariopol so in the old days before the conquest began they only had the bridge now they have that landline as well.

How concerned should people be about the fact that Russia could see this as an escalation and therefore retaliate in some sort of enhanced way there’s no questions that they see this as an escalation but at the same time it’s also a humiliation tell me more about that.

Well Russia has built this bridge and it’s been unable to protect it even though all the waters and all the land around it are under Russian occupation and of course in Crimea at sevastopol there is Russia’s largest Naval Base so it really is a major humiliation that the principal Bridge which allows all in other War materials to reach Crimea and.

The naval base has been broken okay now finally I I want to touch on that major breaking news that we’re talking about and that is the zaparesia nuclear power plant we understand that it is lost its last remaining external power source due to renewed shelling and is now relying on emergency diesel.

Generators can you explain to us how concerning is this very concerning because it’s you know there it is and a huge nuclear source of energy pumping away and if something goes wrong even if it’s not intentional an accident it can create a a situation far worse than Chernobyl.

Okay well very concerned of course the blue back the blowback is not going to only blow back as it were on Ukraine it’ll blow back on Russia all right Neil well thank you very much for uh your perspective on all this I appreciate it thank you Neil Kent is the author of the 2016 book Crimea a history and he is.

Also a professor at the University of Cambridge we reached him in Croatia

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