The thick smoke that appeared over the Crimean bridge on Friday, July 1, is the setting of an aerosol curtain, which is used as a means of countering precision weapons systems at the stage of aiming ammunition at a target. This was reported to The Insider by analysts from the Conflict Intelligence Team.
“In the video, we see the installation of an aerosol curtain. We believe it is designed to shelter the bridge from aircraft, drones and optically guided missiles in the event of an attack, ”the CIT said.
The fact that the thick smoke that was sprayed over the bridge by military vehicles was part of the exercises was also reported by the head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, who also added that an accident happened on the bridge in addition to the exercises. At the same time, anonymous Telegram channels, citing unnamed sources, wrote about the exercises of the “Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Emergencies and the Russian Guard to ensure the safety of the bridge and suppress threats.”
According to military experts, so far Ukraine does not have ammunition of the required range that could reach the bridge. However, it can become one of the goals in case of successful capture of Kherson by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In this case, the bridge will be able to destroy and make the Crimea an enclave, blocking access to it from both the north and east of the peninsula.
“If the [Kerch] bridge is damaged, then there will be no replenishment of the units, you can safely enter the Crimea,” military expert Oleg Zhdanov told The Insider. It doesn't even need to be destroyed. There is an excellent target there - the Kerch junction, to direct a group missile attack there, and that's all: there is no railway track, no roads, and the bridge is intact. The calculation is not only for missile systems. I think that there are things that you and I don't know about, in particular, about technology. In any case, I would not advise people now to go on vacation to the Crimea.”