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British intelligence explained the vulnerability of the Crimean bridge

May 29, 2023

Russian military doctrine places strong emphasis upon the use of camouflage. However, this tactic showed its ineffectiveness during the war with Ukraine.

This was reported by the British Ministry of Defense on Twitter.


On May 24, Russia conducted a security exercise around the Crimean bridge connecting the Russian city of Kerch to the occupied peninsula, the summary notes. This included the creation of a smoke screen partially masking the bridge.

The smoke screen was laid by TDA-3 truck-mounted smoke generators, likely of the 28th Brigade of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops.

According to British intelligence, Russian doctrine considers the use of smoke to be part of camouflage and deception, upon which it places strong emphasis.

"However, in practice, Russian maskirovka has generally been ineffectual in the Ukraine war, likely because of a lack of a strong central planning function and poor low-level battle discipline," the British Defense Ministry noted.

It should be noted that Ukraine received Storm Shadow missiles from Britain, specifically designed to destroy structures such as bridges. At the end of May, they had hit 100% of the targets determined by the General Staff of the AFU.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 29/05/2023

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