under pressure, Moscow appoints new general to lead its “special operation”

cover photo: Damaged tank rail cars on the Crimean-Russia Bridge near Kerch on October 8, 2022. FATHER

  • The huge car and railway bridge connecting Crimea to Russia was partially destroyed by the explosion of a truck bomb on Saturday around 6 am. At least three people have been killed, Russian investigators say. In a decree issued hours after the explosion, Vladimir Putin said FSB security forces would be responsible for strengthening protective measures around the area.
  • Traffic for cars and buses has been restored Saturday afternoon. According to the Russian news agency TASS, train traffic for passengers and goods has fully resumed, but with delays. The Russian army, in trouble on the Kherson front in southern Ukraine, assured that the supplies of its troops were not threatened. According to a Russian official, repairs can take time ” two months “.
  • Kiev and Moscow blame each other for the bridge explosion. After appearing to half-acknowledge a Ukrainian attack in an ironic tweet on Saturday morning, the adviser to the Ukrainian presidency Mykhaïlo Podoliak later referred to a “Russian job”arguing that the explosion was the result of an internal struggle between the FSB [les services spéciaux] and the Russian army. Russian diplomacy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova believed that Kiev’s responses “terrorist nature” of the Ukrainian regime.
  • A sign of dissatisfaction in high places with the conduct of operations, Moscow announced on Saturday that it a new man at the head of his “special military operation” in Ukraine, General Sergei Surovikin, 55 years old. Until then, he led the group of “southern forces” in Ukraine, and had previously held high responsibilities in the war in Syria.
  • Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant has once again lost its external power source due to bombing and relies on emergency generators, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), whose mission is on the ground, alerted on Saturday.
  • The balance of Thursday bombing of the city of Zaporizhzhya increased, the Ukrainian emergency service said late Saturday night, reporting at least 17 deaths.

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