Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Global Implications

Places in news: Kerch Bridge


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Kerch Bridge

Mains level: Not Much


Central Idea

  • The Kerch Bridge, linking the Russian mainland to the Crimean Peninsula, suffered an attack by Ukrainian sea drones, leading to retaliatory actions by Russia.

About Kerch Bridge

  • The Kerch Bridge, across the Kerch Strait, is 19 km long and has two parallel rail and roadways.
  • It was opened in 2018 by Russian President Vladimir Putin with great fanfare, four years after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine through a contested referendum.
  • It is also a symbol of Russia’s control over Crimea, annexed in 2014.
  • It holds symbolic importance for Russia, as it provides direct connectivity between the mainland and the annexed Crimea.

Significance of the Kerch Bridge for Russia

  • Establishing Connectivity: Following the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the bridge was constructed to secure a “land bridge” between mainland Russia and Crimea.
  • Logistical Supply Link: The bridge plays a critical role in facilitating logistical supplies to Russian troops in southern Ukraine.
  • Strategic Vulnerability: The bridge remains within range of Ukrainian fire, making its security vital for Russia’s military operations.

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