the construction of the Russian bridge across the Kerch Strait has created a number of serious threats and methods of pressure on Ukraine. On Wednesday, June 20, Interfax said Secretary of Council of national security and defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov.
“Due to the bridge now you can quickly transfer a significant force of ground troops of the Russian Federation in the Crimea with the subsequent conduct of offensive operations in the South of Ukraine”, — he told.
According to Turchynov, the Peninsula was heavily militarized by Russia. “It created a powerful 22nd army corps, to increase the strength of the black sea fleet of the Russian Federation. Missile systems stationed in the Crimea, can strike on our positions in the rear. Anti-aircraft s-400 can hit any air target in the Central part of Ukraine,” he said.
he Also noted that a serious threat to Ukraine is the Russian fleet in the sea of Azov, where the border troops FSB was reinforced with additional ships. In addition, in the Azov sea were deployed ships of the Navy of the Caspian sea.
“Now, for the conduct of military operations in the sea of Azov they can use a considerable number of amphibious ships and the ships of class “Buyan-M”, which are armed with cruise missiles”, — he said. Increasing amphibious capabilities of the Russian Armed forces in the Azov sea would allow the transfer on the Ukrainian coast of the forces and means of the armies of the southern military district, which are now threatening Ukraine from the East, said the Turchynov.
“as a result we have a powerful military infrastructure along the Ukrainian-Russian border. And, in addition to the threat from the East, have significantly increased the threat from the South, with the North above us hang the two armies of the Western military district — 20-I 1-I tank, which can also be used at any moment”, — added the NSDC Secretary.
in addition, Moscow, building the Kerch bridge, had the opportunity to exercise unlawful control over vessels that cross the Kerch Strait, and also to block at any moment Ukrainian ports in the sea of Azov, he said.
“Ukraine has the ability to detain Russian ships whose actions violate our laws… But if we act appropriately in the framework of international law, Russia, as always, violates international law, conducting illegal searches of ships entering Ukrainian ports. This is actually an extension of the hybrid war in the economic sphere, demonstration of readiness to implement the blockade of our ports on the Azov sea,” — said the NSDC Secretary.