Tom Rogan wrote:
Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Kerch Strait Bridge connecting Crimea, Ukraine, with mainland Russia on Tuesday. Putin did so by in a typical show of bravado by leading a column of transport vehicles across the bridge.
Ukraine should now destroy elements of the bridge.
While that course of action would be an escalation against Putin and one that would almost certainly spark Russian retaliation, this bridge is an outrageous affront to Ukraine’s very credibility as a nation. Of course, from Putin’s perspective that’s the whole point. The bridge cost Russia’s near-bankrupt government billions of dollars, but it offers Putin a formal physical and psychological appropriation of Ukrainian territory.
https://www.washi ngtonex aminer.com/opinion/ukraine-should-blow-up-putins-crimea-bridge
And the Washington Examiner sucks because it doesn’t play well with archive.fo
What was reported was the following:
1. Russian Security Officials Accused Ukraine’s Navy of Illegally Entering Russian Waters & Ignoring Warnings, as Reported by Russian News Agencies
МВС України спецзасобами отримало доступ до відео провокації -тарана російського прикордонного корабля “Дон” українського🇺🇦 судна. Перехоплене відео знято російськими, чутні команди – це піде доказом в міжнародний суд!
Агресія! Гуртуемось та очікуємо реакції дружніх країн! pic.twitter.com/f0e9hFB1BT— Arsen Avakov (@AvakovArsen) November 25, 2018
Aggression! And look forward to the reactions of friendly countries!”
2. The Ukraine Navy Says Six of Their Sailors Were Injured & Issued a Statement Calling Russia’s Actions a ‘Threat For Security of All States of the Black Sea Region’
Statement of the MFA of #Ukraine on #Russia’s armed provocation in the Black Sea and the Sea of #Azov.#RussiaAttacksUkraine #StopRussianAggressionhttps://t.co/LnBY2JHF1A pic.twitter.com/L13JgqFnj8— MFA of Ukraine 🇺🇦 (@MFA_Ukraine) November 25, 2018
“Provocative actions of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov have transgressed all boundaries and become aggressive.Ships of the Russian Federation, in violation of freedom of navigation, unlawfully used force against the ships of Ukrainian Naval Forces.We consider such aggressive actions as a violation of the norms of the UN Charter and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.Ukraine will take all appropriate measures to ensure diplomatic and legal response.We will also inform our partners about the aggressive acts of the Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov. Such actions pose a threat for security of all states of the Black Sea Region, thus demand clear reaction of international community.”
3. Protesters Gathered at the Russian Embassy in Kiev
Smoke bombs deployed by protesters at Russian Embassy in Kyiv https://t.co/78UtWgfCC3 pic.twitter.com/9LIOGkdiJe via @HromadskeUA #Ukraine— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) November 25, 2018
Російське посольство у Києві закидали димовими шашками та фаєрами — раніше туди принесли шини pic.twitter.com/6x50by2eky— Українська правда ✌️ (@ukrpravda_news) November 25, 2018
4. The European Union & NATO Are Both Urging Russia & Ukraine to Show Restraint
Escalating tensions in the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait have. We expect Russia to restore freedom of passage at the Kerch strait and urge all to act with utmost restraint to de-escalate the situation immediatelyhttps://t.co/TVDbVOvN7W— Maja Kocijančič (@MajaEUspox) November 25, 2018
“The tensions in the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait have increased dangerously today, after an incident this morning between Russian and Ukrainian naval vessels as the latter were attempting to pass through the Kerch strait as well as subsequent developments, including the closure of the strait for traffic by Russian authorities and reported seizures of Ukrainian vessels and shots being fired at them.We expect Russia to restore freedom of passage at the Kerch strait and urge all to act with utmost restraint to de-escalate the situation immediately.As clearly stated by the High Representative at the European Parliament recently, the events in the Sea of Azov are a demonstration of how instability and tensions are bound to rise when the basic rules of international cooperation are disregarded. The construction of the Kerch Bridge took place without Ukraine’s consent and constitutes another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It has led, in parallel with the militarisation of the Azov Sea, to tougher controls on naval traffic in the strait. The European Union expects Russia to stop the inspections.The EU does not and will not recognise the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia.”
5. Russia Controls Both Sides of the Kerch Strait Since the Annexation of Crimea
Without explanation, somebody wrote the following, and I don’t know whether it has any truth to it.