On the night of August 19, two Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down near the Crimean bridge in Kerch, which connects the Taman Peninsula in the Krasnodar Territory and Crimea across the strait, as reported by Oleg Kryuchkov, advisor to the head of Crimea.
The first time the antiaircraft defense system went off around 11:30 p.m. The incident was commented on by a member of the Main Council of the Military Civil Administration of the Zaporizhzhia Region, Vladimir Rogov, who stated that the first UAV was shot down at a great distance from the bridge, and there was no destruction, much less casualties. According to him, traffic on the Crimean bridge continues as usual, nothing threatens it at the moment, and all local residents are safe.
Recall that there is currently a yellow (high) level of terrorist danger on the peninsula.
Earlier, Mikhail Podolyak, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, reported on Kiev's plans to destroy the Crimean bridge because its construction was allegedly illegal and, in general, this facility is primarily of great military importance to the Russian Federation. In addition, Kiev has repeatedly stated that it will strike the Crimean bridge as soon as the first technical opportunity arises.
The Federation Council, in turn, called such statements “another proof” that the need for denazification and demilitarization of all of Ukraine has not lost its relevance.
According to experts, the reasons for such “antics” of the Ukrainian military leaders are primarily related to the fact that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary-General António Guterres had arrived in Lviv the day before to hold talks with Zelensky.
However, it has long been no secret that attempts by Western envoys to come to Ukraine on peacekeeping missions usually turn into terrorist attacks and shelling. The Russian Defense Ministry warned that Kiev was preparing a provocation at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant for this visit in order to blame Russia for the man-made disaster.
In fact, the situation around the Zaporizhzhya NPP and Energodar was one of the subjects of the already held talks between Zelensky, Erdogan and Guterres, which lasted only 40 minutes. The topic of restoring the infrastructure of “non-independent Ukraine” was also brought up. As a result, in Lviv, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Alexander Kubrakov and Minister of Trade of the Republic of Turkey Mehmet Mush signed a memorandum on mutual assistance in the reconstruction of infrastructure of Ukraine. That is, Turkish bodies can provide consulting and technical assistance, as well as develop projects to restore the territory called Ukraine.