SBU to destroy Crimean bridge
Vasyl Malyuk said that the SBU would benefit, regardless of the amount and timing of aid from its allies: "The Crimean bridge is doomed. It will be destroyed"
The SBU: Special Operations of Victory documentary was shared on YouTube, garnering 600,000 views within 20 hours. People are intrigued by how Ukraine shifted the tides of the war, altered the situation in the Black Sea, and impeded weapon supplies via the Crimean bridge. Generally, people have always been fascinated by the workings of legendary special services, as seen in the immensely popular Israeli Fauda TV series .
While we don't have a feature series about the SBU in the war yet, there is a respectable documentary with figures and facts. The only drawback might be the absence of English subtitles for the international audience, but this is quickly being addressed.
To win in increasingly challenging global circumstances, it's essential to clarify what was achieved by two special operations targeting a vital transport route of the occupiers. Besides a compelling narrative, numerous stamps, postcards, and hundreds of memes, of course.
The bridge, once a key military logistics facility, was effectively rendered unusable by the SBU. Now, it serves only as a feeble civilian passage—unreliable, perilous, and severely restricted. According to Vasyl Malyuk, "Car transport moves backward. Each car is limited to five tons. The railway accommodates only electric trains, not exceeding five cars. In essence, they resort to ferries for transporting ammunition and other essentials."
The large-scale and relatively costly special operation wasn't just about propaganda, we were signaling "we can do it" and challenging the FSB and Putin. It successfully tackled a specific, significant military objective, marking a potential final blow.
In just a year, the SBU underwent substantial changes. Notably, a robust engineering department and an unusual IT department were established. The demands of wartime prompted a swift reformatting of the special service, altering its core principles and objectives. The SBU, previously unfamiliar with developing and producing its weapons, drones, and establishing secret underground facilities, achieved all these during ongoing hostilities and daily shelling.
This accomplishment stands as a compelling argument to present to allied leaders—a tangible proof that "Ukraine can win in a military context." This counters the assertions of numerous lobbyists currently downplaying Ukraine's military capabilities in negotiations with the Russian Federation.
About the author. Oleksiy Holobutskyi, political scientist
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