The Civil Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has for the first time confirmed responsibility for attacks last October and last month on the Crimean bridge. Cnn obtained exclusively from Sbu the videos of the July attack in which it can be seen a first drone, stuffed with 850 kg of explosives, approached the stricken pylon and a second drone heading towards the rail side of the bridge. The head of the SBU, Vasyl Maliuk, told CNN that the July attack was carried out with experimental marine drones (the ‘Sea Babies’) and that others will follow. Maliuk did not provide details on the October 8, 2022 attack. The war in Ukraine will not end in “two-three weeks”, “by the end of the year” or “next spring”: the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories states on Telegram, Iryna Vereshchuk. “How long will the war last? – Vereshchuk wonders -. We have to be honest. In this war, the path to victory will be long and difficult. ‘Two-three weeks’, ‘by the end of the year, ‘next spring: All this is not true. We must prepare for a long struggle. The citizens and the government, all must prepare for a long and difficult war. Only then will we win.”
Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the village of Urozhaine in the Donetsk region, in the east of the country: the deputy defense minister announced, Hanna Malar. “Urozhaine has been released. Come on Ukraine. Our defenders are consolidating their positions. The offensive continues,” Malyar wrote on his Telegram channel today. They also have knocked out 5 large Russian amphibious assault ships: the spokesman of the Kiev Navy told the Freedom channel, Dmytro Pletenchuk, as reported by Rbc-Ukraine. “Using the excuse of training before a large-scale invasion, they have strengthened it as much as possible – said the spokesman referring to the Russian Black Sea Fleet -. I remind you that they added 6 large amphibious ships to the 6 that already existed. But the result is known: five of them are no longer in service. This number could grow.” Pletenchuk did not specify when the Russian amphibious assault ships were attacked.
While Russian forces launched a kamikaze drone strike in the Odessa region last nightin southern Ukraine, damaging “warehouses and granaries”: this was announced by the head of the military administration of Odessa, Oleg Kiper, as reported by UNIAN. “The main objective was the port and cereal infrastructure in the south of the region Warehouses and granaries were damaged as a result of enemy shelling on one of the Danube ports – said Kiper -. The resulting fires were quickly put out by employees of the State Emergency Service”. The drones came from Primorsko-Akhtarsk in the south of Russia.