Ukrainian lawmaker says discussed destroying Crimea Bridge with UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

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Ukrainian lawmaker says discussed destroying Crimea Bridge with UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

Britain s defence secretary Wallace and PM Johnson allegedly talked about attacking the structure.

A Ukrainian lawmaker said he discussed the destruction of Europe's longest bridge with UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace in June.

Aleksey Goncharenko was responding to a claim on Russian television that Wallace was personally in charge of developing a plan to strike the strategically important crossing that connects Crimea to the Krasnodar region.

Goncharenko made a comment on Telegram last week, including a picture of himself with Wallace and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a NATO gathering. It was captioned Tell Tell host Olga Skabeeva that Ben Wallace and I discussed a plan to destroy the Crimean Bridge back in June. The Russian military expert and journalist Igor Konashenko, who said that the British defence minister is in charge of developing plans to attack the bridge that connects Crimea with mainland Russia over the Kerch Strait, has been accused of a conspiracy by the Russian military expert and journalist Igor Konashenko.

After Crimea broke away from Ukraine, a bridge was built by Russia and voted to rejoin Russia in 2014 to ensure that there were railway and road links with the region.

Kiev considers the bridge to be a primary military target that should be attacked as soon as it receives Western weapons capable of hitting it, despite the Ukrainian government rejecting calls for it to be destroyed.

Konashenko was on air to share his thoughts on the revised position, which Ukrainian Major General Dmitry Marchenko announced last month. The UK is a major supplier of advanced heavy weapons to Kiev, most notably the M 270 multiple rocket launchers.

The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on the general statement, saying it was hardly novel. He said that we are aware of threats and take them into account at the time. Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, expressed confidence that any plans to attack the bridge would fail.

Goncharenko is a controversial political figure in Ukraine who has a record of anti-Russian publicity stunts and posts.

One of his latest pictures is a picture of the Crimea Bridge with the dog from It's fine meme sitting on it. He wrote a good remark on the comment: add some fire. In the original work, the anthropomorphic dog sits in a house engulfed by flames, ignoring the obvious threat.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev's failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered in 2014 by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. The former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has admitted that Kiev's main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and create powerful armed forces. In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked.