The mainstream media is in rage over the opening of a 19-km bridge across the Kerch Strait on May 15, which connects mainland Russia to Crimea.
US journalist Tom Rogan from a weekly magazine Washington Examiner went further calling the bridge an “outrageous affront” to Ukraine’s nation. He called on Ukrainian government to bomb the bridge:
“Ukraine should now destroy elements of the bridge,” Rogan wrote. “Fortunately Ukraine has the means to launch air strikes against the bridge in a manner that would render it at least temporarily unusable.
Because of its significant length, the Ukrainian air force could strike the bridge while mitigating the risk of casualties by those traversing it.”
The journalist stressed that this measure would initiate the reaction of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and “spark Russian retaliation”.
According to Rogan, Putin will order an “escalation against Ukrainian interests in eastern Ukraine,” claiming it “coming in the next few months anyway” as Putin wants to “slowly absorb Ukraine rather than conquer it outright.”
Rogan called on Washington to endorse Kiev in this “air raid”:
“The U.S. could and should support Ukraine here with confidence in our own military power,” the journalist pointed out. “Bombing the bridge would thus be a very personal rebuke to Putin’s ambitions and his propaganda narrative.”
On May 16, in an interview with Russian news agency RT, a member of the Russian Federation Council Igor Morozov said that Rogan’s statements are “of a terrorist nature” and appealed to open a criminal case.
“It is inadmissible, such statements must be discussed in the UN Security Council,” Morozov stressed.
After Crimea reunified with Russia in 2014, Ukraine has put economic and social pressure on peninsula. Kiev blocked the electricity and water providing systems, stopped delivery of any products. The construction of bridge is a strategic object aimed to make up for the loss and damage.