Ukraine should target the bridge across the Kerch Strait connecting Crimea to the Russian mainland as soon as it gets the weapons it needs to do so from the West, Major-General Dmitry Marchenko said on Wednesday, in an interview with a US government-funded outlet.
“The Kerch Bridge is absolutely our number one target,” Marchenko told Crimea Realities (Krym.Realii), speaking of the longest bridge in Europe, opened in 2018. The outlet is a project of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, part of the government-funded US Agency for Global Media.
“As the main way of sending in reserves, we just have to cut it off. As soon as that road is cut off, they will start to panic. And believe me, those who flew Russian flags in Simferopol, will quickly get Ukrainian flags and start flying them instead,” he said.
Marchenko’s comments were part of an interview posted on Wednesday, in which he heralded an Ukrainian “counter-offensive” that he said would see Kiev victorious by the end of summer – provided enough weapons and ammunition arrive from the US and its NATO allies.