Over the weekend, on Vladimir Putin’s birthday, the Kerch Bridge between Russia and Crimea was heavily damaged by a somewhat mysterious explosion, hampering Moscow’s ability to resupply their troops on the active eastern lines of their illegal invasion.
The Ukrainian government did not take credit for the explosion, although Putin has decided that the blame lies at their feet anyhow.
In response, the Russian tyrant began a massive missile campaign aimed at civilians and infrastructure.
KYIV and DNIPRO, UKRAINE, and MOSCOW — Explosions rocked several cities across Ukraine in the most extensive attack on the country since the early days of Russia’s invasion in February. The attacks came only hours after Russia blamed Ukraine for a weekend explosion that partially damaged a strategic bridge that connects Russian-occupied Crimea to mainland Russia.
Ukrainian emergency services report that several people are dead across the country, including at least five people in the the capital Kyiv, which hasn’t been hit since June. It’s also the closest strike to the center of the city since the war began, coming just over 1,000 yards from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office.
Putin, unsurprisingly, attempted to justify the attacks to his people.
In a video address to his Security Council, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the strikes were a necessary response to what he argued were repeated “terrorist attacks” by Ukraine on critical Russian infrastructure — including the bridge, pipelines, and nuclear power plants.Advertisement - story continues below
“This morning, a massive high-precision strike was conducted on Ukrainian energy infrastructure, military command, and communications,” said Putin. “In case Ukrainian terrorist attacks continue on Russian territory, our response will be tough and proportional.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has suggested that Russia is simply trying to “wipe them off the map”, having previously accused Putin of committing “genocide” in Ukraine.