UK likely involved in Crimean Bridge attack – Russian diplomat Dimitry Polyansky at UN

18 Jul, 2023 08:20

The deputy UN envoy also blasted the West for failing to condemn Kiev for the “act of terrorism”
UK likely involved in Crimean Bridge attack – Russian diplomat

The UK’s intelligence services likely played a considerable role in setting the stage for Ukraine’s drone attack on the Crimean Bridge, which took the lives of two civilians, Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN claimed on Monday.

His remarks came after Russia’s National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK) accused Kiev of staging a “terrorist attack” on the key link between the Crimean Peninsula and the country’s mainland, which it said involved two sea surface drones.

While the raid did not damage the bridge’s supports, it led to a partial collapse of one section of the roadway and killed a married couple from Belgorod Region, injuring their 14-year-old daughter.

Speaking at a UN Security Council briefing on Ukraine, Polyansky blasted “the Kiev regime” for the attack, while suggesting there may have been Western complicity. “We have yet to understand the extent to which Western, particularly British, intelligence services were involved in the preparation and execution of this attack: too much is pointing at it,” he said.

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The UK has dismissed the accusation. A spokesperson for the British Foreign Ministry called it “baseless speculation”which does not deserve a response, as quoted by Reuters.

The Russian diplomat added that he had “not heard any condemnation of this act of terrorism” from Kiev’s backers in the West. Commenting on the attack earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it is up to Ukraine to decide how to protect “its territory.”

Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov interpreted Blinken’s remarks as an attempt to “justify the terrorist acts of Kiev against Russian citizens and facilities.” 

“The fact that Washington is covering up [for] Kiev radicals allows [us] to confidently state that the United States is complicit in Kiev’s crimes,” he said, adding that US support may encourage Ukraine to commit “new atrocities.”

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed retaliation for the drone attack on the bridge, saying the raid was “pointless” from a military standpoint, as it is not being used to transport military materials.

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2 Responses to “UK likely involved in Crimean Bridge attack – Russian diplomat Dimitry Polyansky at UN”

  1. Chris x says:

    The UK relies on gas pipelines from Norway and electrical interconnectors with Europe for some of its energy.


    Russia will know this.

    • sovereigntea says:

      OFGEM produce a handy list of interconnectors. (potential targets).

      The British and Danish electricity grids have achieved a significant milestone as the final length of the 475-mile (765km) Viking Link interconnector has been laid and joined.

      This marks the first continuous physical link between the UK and Denmark, enabling the two countries to share green electricity and power up to 1.4 million UK homes.

      The Viking Link interconnector, a joint venture between National Grid and Danish system operator Energinet, is a £1.7 billion (€2 billion) project.

      Upon completion later this year, it will become the world’s longest land and subsea interconnector. The high-voltage subsea cable connects Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire, UK, with Jutland in Denmark.

      Rebecca Sedler, Managing Director for Interconnectors said: “This is a fantastic moment for the UK and Denmark, and a key milestone for the world record project as we join the electricity networks of our two countries for the first time.

      “Interconnectors bring huge benefits to the UK, acting as clean energy super-highways, allowing us to move surplus green energy from where it is generated to where it is needed the most. That means that we can import cheaper and cleaner energy from our neighbours when we need it, and vice versa.”