"Individual exalted, bloody clowns who pop up there from time to time making statements and trying to threaten us, meaning an attack on Crimea and so on. In this regard, I want to say that it is quite obvious that they understand the consequences of such statements. The consequences are obvious: if something like this happens, they all will see the doomsday instantly. It will come very fast and will be very hard. It will be very difficult to take cover,” RIA Novosti quoted Medvedev as saying.
Ukraine poses no real threat to the Crimean Bridge. The bridge is well protected by Russian anti-missile systems, Crimea Senator Olga Kovitidi told RIA Novosti.
"We anticipate and evaluate the given parameters of even undelivered weapons systems ahead of time,” she said. "We understand that the existing layouts, taking into account the distance, speak of the spatial inaccessibility of the Crimean Bridge for the enemy. We evaluate, filter and systematize the periodic statements of our "restless” Ukrainian neighbors.”
Earlier, a representative of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense, Vadim Skibitsky, said that Kyiv could use HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems against objects in Crimea. The United States began supplying these systems to Ukraine in June. At the same time, Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that Ukraine would strike the Crimean Bridge as soon as the country gets a technical possibility for it.
In mid-June, Dmitry Marchenko, Major General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, called the Crimean Bridge "number one target" for the Ukrainian military. The head of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, then said that the land part of Crimea and the Crimean Bridge were reliably protected by air defense systems.
A Russian fighter with call sign Rassvet (Sunrise) destroyed an Abrams tank in the area of Avdiivka, the 15th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade said