Exclusive video from the time Ukrainian security forces attacked the Russian-controlled bridge leading to occupied Crimea in July The video provides new information on the incident and issues a warning that other attacks of this nature will follow.
This is the first occasion when the SBU has publicly taken ownership of the operation.
According to Russian officials, the strike on July 17 resulted in damage to the bridge’s travel lanes and the deaths of two citizens. It was the crucial crossing’s second strike, demonstrating how challenging it is to protect the lone autonomous Russian access to the peninsula.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, ceremoniously launched the bridge in 2018, signalling his desire to annex Ukraine and keep it permanently bound to Russia. Additionally, it serves as an essential supply route for Russia’s military campaign in Crimea.
The drone used, known as a “Sea Baby,” was the product of months of work that started just after the invasion, according to Vasyl Maliuk, the chief of the SBU, who spoke “Sea surface drones are a unique invention of the Security Service of Ukraine,” he declared. “No private businesses are participating. Recently, we successfully attacked the Olengorskiy Gornyak, a large assault ship, and a SIG tanker with these drones.
Maliuk was alluding to the SIG oil tanker, which Ukrainian officials claim was transporting fuel for the Russian military and was sunk in the Black Sea. The attack on the Russian assault ship in the Russian naval port of Novorossisk on the eastern shore of the Black Sea proved a longer range for the Ukrainian military by hitting a ship with a potential 100 crew members on board.
CNN was given video of the July attack from the SBU, and it showed the pilot’s screen just before the Sea Baby dropped up to 850 kilogrammes of explosives on one of the bridge’s concrete support pillars. Additionally, sources in the service gave access to two CCTV tapes that captured the moment one drone hit the bridge’s road part and another drone blast striking the train section approximately five minutes later from the other direction.
Maliuk’s frank admission of guilt represents an unusually direct effort to alert Moscow to the danger these new drones offer. Ukraine has been subtle about the attacks, admitting its involvement through anonymous statements and hazy references to “unidentified floating objects.”
We’re working on several intriguing new projects, including one in the Black Sea. I can assure you that it will be thrilling, especially for our adversaries,” added Maliuk.
Maliuk also accepted responsibility for the initial Ukrainian assault on the bridge, which occurred on October 8, although he opted not to go into any detail. Uncertainty surrounds the circumstances of the attack, which CCTV appeared to show was brought on by a blast coming from a moving truck on the bridge.
He stated that the July drone assault was the result of months of planning.
In the midst of the planning, he told , “we could not even think about sleep or food.” “We gave the operation our entire attention. The last few days were really tense. We were all ecstatic when the explosion occurred and began congratulating one another. We were all very emotional throughout this time, and our victory will undoubtedly come shortly.
Maliuk claimed that Western allies of Ukraine had expressed interest in their activities and a willingness to gain knowledge from them. But he added: “They don’t take part in our operations or give us any supplies at all. These drones are made at an underground factory located on Ukrainian soil. The objectives I’ve listed are legal objectives in accordance with