Two days after a powerful explosion rocked the $4 billion rail and road bridge across the Kerch Strait, the narrow waterway separating the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula from the Russian mainland, the Russians are scrambling to reopen the span.
It’s not hard to see why. The 11-mile-long bridge is the most important overland line of communication between Russia and Russia’s forces in southern Ukraine. There are ways around the bridge, but they’re narrow, slow and vulnerable to Ukrainian attack.
Which leaves Russia with a choice: fix the Kerch Bridge fast, or risk its brigades on the southern front—already weakened by months of bombardment—starving on the brittle vine of Russia’s collapsing supply lines.