President Vladimir Putin has come out guns blazing to accuse Ukraine of an attack on their bridge, terming it as an ‘act of terrorism’.
Speaking when he was at a meeting with the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin, Russian strongman said that the attack on their facility by the Ukrainian military was because Ukraine wanted to destroy a critically important piece of Russia’s civil infrastructure. “There is no doubt, this is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying Russia’s critical civilian infrastructure,” Mr Putin said.
“Its authors, perpetrators and beneficiaries are the security services of Ukraine,” he added.
Russia invaded Ukraine in a war that was castigated by all world’s leading powerful nations. The war is now going to a year since its start.
There have, however, been accusations and counter-accusations emanating from both sides of the warring nations about terrorist attacks – and crimes against humanity.
The current attack by the Ukrainian army on the longest bridge in Europe – stretching to 19km (12-mile) – will deal a serious blow on Russian inversion, as the bridge is an important supply route for Russian forces fighting in Ukraine.
But on his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, through his advisor Mykhailo Podolyak, denied Mr Putin’s accusation, saying that there is “only one terrorist state here” and that the “whole world knows who it is”.
“Does Putin accuse Ukraine of terrorism? It looks too cynical even for Russia,” he said.
But on a rather sarcastic tone, the Ukrainian President was blunt in his assertion when he was giving his usual night addresses, saying: “Today was not a bad day and mostly sunny on our state’s territory.”
“Unfortunately, it was cloudy in Crimea. Although it was also warm,” he chided.