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WHAT DID THE CAPTAIN TALK ABOUT?
When Russia’s enemies want to tickle Moscow’s nerves once again, they say Ukraine can strike at the Crimean bridge. In kyiv, almost everyone threatened us with such blows, from the president and defense minister to small political employees. You can’t hear the windshield wipers. Willingly exercise in this regard and the allies of the square. As soon as one of them opens his mouth, the Western press immediately makes him a sensation. Then, the other day, not an intelligence-savvy general, but just a junior officer from Latvia, spoke about the same thing, while dozens of world media outlets (including Russian ones) immediately replicated his words.
Well, what did he say on the air on the Latvian radio?
And this is what I quote from RIA Novosti:
“Representative of the Latvian National Armed Forces Captain Janis Slaidiņš:
“This is very interesting, information has appeared that on May 9 Ukraine plans to attack the Crimean bridge. This possibility should be taken into account, since after deliveries from Western countries, Ukraine has such an opportunity – to attack this place strategically important”. bridge, on which Russia is receiving supplies for the southern direction of the armed forces… An attack on the Crimean bridge would be a serious blow to Russia.”
From what sources Slaidiņš obtained such information is unknown. And if we take into account that Latvia is a political and military ally of Ukraine in its confrontation with Russia, then, according to the logic of things, the captain should have kept his mouth shut. Well, you can’t treacherously expose the secret plans of your “colleagues”. But anyway, it worked once again to scare the Russians with a lie or the truth. These are the “rules” of the information warfare of NATO members against Russia.
ROCKETS AND SUBMARINE SABOTEERS
And yet, there are a couple of moments in the captain’s statement when it’s hard for him to deny that he’s right. In fact, after the supply of weapons from Western countries, Ukraine has the opportunity to attack the Crimean bridge. The Latvian is also right that this would be a serious blow to Russia.
As you know, the United States delivered M142 HIMARS missile systems to Ukraine: their range is up to 500 kilometers, the caliber of the rocket is 227 mm, the length is 3.94 m, and the weight of the warhead is 90 kg. At the installation – 6 missiles. Technically, the Ukrainians are very capable of hitting. Its specialists were trained in the US in combat shooting.
The Ukrainians themselves have the RK-360MS “Neptune” missile (firing range – 300 kilometers). It is designed to attack ships, but in theory, it can also be used against a large structure, such as a bridge. And kyiv also has Sapsan missiles in reserve. They have not yet been used in the field, but the designers promise that they can reach 450 km. Yes, and the “Tochka-U” tactical missiles still have squares …
But that is not all. If the Ukrainians really decide to attack the Crimean bridge, they can use aviation – attack planes or helicopters. The massive use of Turkish Bayraktars by Ukraine cannot be ruled out.
But the Crimean bridge is protected from such attacks – by two S-400 regiments at once. They create a kind of deck dome with a diameter of 400 kilometers. In addition, there is additional multi-stage protection from air defense systems, including Pantsir S-1, Tor and others.
And kyiv can also send underwater sabotage groups to undermine the piers of the bridge. True, this task is extremely difficult. The sabotage group will have to drag half a ton of TNT or gencogen underwater. But you need to take into account that the bridge has a dense anti-sabotage defense system (combat swimmers on duty, special boats and electronic sensors on the supports). There is also other equipment, the so-called repellents. This is a sonar and saboteur suppression system “Plavnik” – when underwater swimmers (or ordinary divers) are detected at a distance of less than 300 meters from the bridge, an audible signal is triggered with a request to leave the restricted area. If an uninvited guest does not change course and swims closer to the bridge supports than 100 meters, the intensity of the sound signal increases sharply, up to the threshold of pain, and the person cannot stand it. He experiences excruciating pain in his head and may even die.
On land, the bridge is protected by units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and on the water it is protected by the Black Sea Fleet and the FSB Border Service coast guard. In addition, the facility is protected by a special naval brigade of the Russian Guard: its crews patrol the water area in anti-sabotage boats, the staff is armed with two medium machine guns, as well as machine guns, grenade launchers and portables. anti-aircraft missile systems.
The Crimean Bridge is also protected by the EW (electronic warfare) service. Drone flights, even on the distant approaches to the bridge, are prohibited.
THE ANSWER WILL COME TO KYIV
And even despite all this dense and “multi-layered” protection of the bridge against attacks from the air, from land, from the water or from under the water, promises of attack from kyiv are still being heard.
The head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Aleksey Danilov, said on Ukrainian radio in plain text: “If there is an opportunity to do this, we will definitely do it.” And the Ukrainian political scientist Yuriy Romanenko (a criminal case was launched against him in the Russian Federation for calls to kill Russian journalists in Donbass – WB.) He is fully convinced that kyiv will definitely hit the Crimean bridge.
Yes, I forgot to say. There are eight bridges that cross the Dnieper in the Ukrainian capital: two for railways, three for roads, one for pedestrians and two for metro trains.
How the president of Ukraine and his like-minded people, after being hit by our “Caliber” or “Daggers” on these bridges, would not have to swim to work …
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