Kerch Bridge

The Kerch Bridge, which connects the Russian mainland to the Crimean Peninsula, was attacked by Ukrainian maritime drones, prompting Russia to retaliate.

Concerning the Kerch Bridge

  • The Kerch Bridge spans the Kerch Strait and is 19 km long, with two parallel rail and highways.
  • It was launched with considerable ceremony in 2018 by Russian President Vladimir Putin, four years after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in a contentious referendum.
  • It also represents Russia’s rule over Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.
  • It is symbolic for Russia since it allows direct link between the mainland and annexed Crimea.

The Kerch Bridge’s Importance for Russia

  • Creating Connectivity: Following Crimea’s takeover in 2014, the bridge was built to ensure a “land bridge” between mainland Russia and Crimea.
  • Logistical Supply Link: The bridge is vital for delivering supplies to Russian troops in southern Ukraine.
  • Strategic Vulnerability: Because the bridge is still within range of Ukrainian fire, its security is critical to Russia’s military activities.
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