Kerch bridge



News of Ukraine: Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov considers the Kerch bridge, built by Russia, a serious threat to the security of Ukraine.

The construction of the Russian bridge across the Kerch Strait in occupied Crimea has created a number of serious threats and methods of pressure on Ukraine, the key of which is security threat to the Ukrainian state, said Secretary of national security Council and defense 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,” Turchynov said in an exclusive interview to Agency “Interfax-Ukraine”.

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“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. All this represents for us a serious threat,” he said.

In the context created by Russian threats to Ukraine’s security in the South O. Turchynov noted the establishment of it in recent months in the sea of Azov flotilla, which was reinforced by ships of the border troops of the FSB, as well as deployed Navy ships from 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.

According to the NSDC Secretary, the capacity of the amphibious capabilities of the 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.

“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 time,” he listed Turchynov, noting that all of this puts Ukraine faces serious challenges.

He also stressed that building of the bridge Kerch, Russia received the opportunity to exercise unlawful control over ships that cross the Strait of Kerch, and block at any moment Ukrainian ports in the sea of Azov.

“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 sea of Azov”, – said A. Turchinov.

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In this context, he noted that theoretically the authorities of Ukraine have the opportunity to redirect the traffic flows of the ports on the coast of the Azov sea in the other, but it would complicate logistics, and then the products are the same the Mariupol steel plants will rise, reducing their competitiveness.

“The difficulty in the fact that immediately after the conflict around Tuzla island (end of 2003 – ed.), Ukraine under pressure from Russia signed an agreement according to which the Azov sea is defined as inland sea of the two States. And this status does not clearly fix the line of the Maritime boundary and gives the opportunity to intensify the provocations of the Russian Federation”, – said Secretary of the NSDC.