Bridge to Crimea Damaged: Updates
A missile attack carried out by Ukrainian forces on the Chongar bridge has caused damage to the bridge connecting the Kherson region and Crimea, according to Russian-appointed officials in both regions. The Chongar bridge is key infrastructure connecting Russian-held parts of the Kherson region with the Crimean peninsula. The attack has been deemed an act of aggression by Russia, which illegally annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014. The incident is a significant development in the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia. Here are the details and updates on the situation:
What Happened And Why?
The Chongar bridge was hit by four missiles launched by Ukrainian forces, according to the Russia-appointed governor of Kherson, Vladimir Saldo. Saldo believes the Storm Shadow missile was likely used, damaging the road but causing no casualties. The bridge is currently under repair, and traffic has been diverted to a different route, with specialists conducting investigations to determine when it can reopen. The bridge is a crucial transport link that connects Crimea to mainland Russia and was constructed after the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia in 2014, making it a significant target for Ukraine.
Reactions And Developments
United Nations Cites Children’s Deaths In Conflict
A United Nations report accused Russia of killing 136 children during its invasion of Ukraine in 2022, with an additional 80 children deaths resulting from Ukrainian troops caught between crossfires. The report emphasized that the fighting disproportionally affects children, with almost 500 children killed in total. However, the report could not attribute the deaths of some children to either army. The UN has called for an end to the fighting, urging Russia and Ukraine to respect the ceasefire.
Germany Urges Focus On Boosting Ukraine’s Fighting Power
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has urged NATO to focus on bolstering Ukraine’s fighting capacity during its ongoing counteroffensive against Russia. He stated that the focus in Vilnius should be on strengthening Ukraine’s fighting power, emphasizing the need for an all-of-response approach. He commented that looking at the current situation soberly is essential and at the forefront of the upcoming meeting in Vilnius. The aim is to consider the essential and frontline workers, including healthcare, food industry, and correctional facility workers.
Zelenskyy Warns Of Nuclear Plant Attack
President Zelenskyy has warned that Ukraine has intelligence indicating Russia is considering carrying out a “terrorist” attack at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. He has urged European allies, China, the United States, and India to help investigate this intelligence to reduce the chances of such an attack succeeding. Moscow has dismissed the claims as a lie, adding that UN nuclear inspectors visited the plant and rated what they saw positively, confirming that the power station is operating without incident.
Zelenskyy Thanks Allies For Fresh Support
President Zelenskyy has praised his allies, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, for pledging support on the first day of a London-hosted donor conference on Ukrainian recovery. The two-day conference aims to gather international business support for Ukraine’s transformation, with the president emphasizing that they aim to transform the moral leadership of the people into the economic leadership of the country. Inviting these key players is essential as they would foster an all-inclusive approach by the allied nations.
Populations And Place-based Focus
The following populations are at risk for COVID-19 infection, severe illness and death. They are, therefore, the focus of COVID-19 Equity Strategy: Racial and ethnic minority populations, People living in rural or frontier areas, People experiencing homelessness, Essential and frontline workers, People with disabilities, People with substance use disorders.
Ukraine’s attack on Chongar Bridge, which is a crucial transport link that connects Crimea to mainland Russia, was met with condemnation from Russian appointed-officials. The attack is a significant development in the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia and highlights the lingering animosity between both countries. The Russian front has recently seen multiple issues and escalations, including the deaths of children during the conflict and Ukrainian President’s fears of nuclear plant attacks. Continued efforts by the allied nations are essential to bolster Ukraine’s infrastructure, economy, fighting capacity, and overall well-being in these trying times.