Russian Federation Kerch bridge is needed in the first place, in order to close for Ukraine, the passage through the Kerch Strait, as well as organize an economic blockade of the ports. But, the main strategic goal of this structure is to harm the economy of Ukraine. Such opinion on air of the Voice of America was expressed by Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, former commander of US ground forces in Europe, reports replyua.net.
In his opinion, such a small height of the Kerch bridge is not a mistake of the engineers, specially conceived by the Kremlin at the moment. “A bridge built across the Kerch Strait made so that large cargo ships, which under ordinary circumstances took place in or out of Mariupol and Berdyansk, and was no longer able to do so. It is not a coincidence and not a design error (a small height of the bridge). This was a deliberate step to not only establish a bridge to Ukraine from the Russian territory, but also to begin the siege of the Azov sea. The strategic aim is to harm the Ukrainian economy, because of the importance of these ports and strangle the sea of Azov and to establish full Russian control,” says Hodges.
We will remind, the bridge through the Kerch Strait, which connects Krasnodar region of the Russian Federation and the temporarily occupied Crimean Peninsula, has a length of 19 kilometers. Car part was put into operation in may last year.