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The dream of the land bridge .. Putin seeks to win the "grand prize" through Odessa

The dream of the land bridge .. Putin seeks to win the “grand prize” through Odessa

The Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry said that a missile hit a nine-storey building in the town of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, killing 17 people and wounding dozens, in addition to a fire in an annex building used as a warehouse.

and characterized Odessa Of historical importance, especially for the Russian president Vladimir Putinwho spoke with sadness about the reconfiguration of Imperial Russia, one of whose regions extends along the Black Sea and whose center is Odessa, where it was the jewel of the Russian Imperial Crown and a strategic port in Soviet era.

And he said Putin In April 2014, Odessa is historically not part of Ukraine, but of Novorossiya, the “new Russia” that he would like to see existed.

Great strategic victory

Commenting on this, the academic and political analyst, Arthur Lydekberg, said: “If you can Russia From controlling the Ukrainian city of Odessa means that Kyiv It has become a landlocked and isolated country from the Black Sea, and this will represent a great moral victory for Putin, who did not hide his desire to control it, so the Ukrainians are surrounding the port with mines from all sides.

Lydekberk added, to “Sky News Arabia”, that “the battle may be land and air, but after intense bombing and leveling it to the ground, the battle will start from Mykolaiv, near Kherson, and then will head to Odessa.

“The loss of the coast is a huge strategic blow to the Ukrainian economy. They will only be able to effectively export by road and rail to the European Union,” he stressed.

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He pointed out that “70 percent of Ukraine’s sea trade takes place through the ports of Odessa, the coastal capital of Ukraine, which contributes about 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, and without Odessa, Kyiv would be largely isolated from international markets, and if Russian forces managed to of securing the most profitable port infrastructure in UkraineThis would give Moscow an unprecedented political and economic advantage in the Black Sea region.”

He explained that the goal of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is full control of the southern part of the country, in addition to the eastern Donbass region, a goal that, if achieved, would enable it to establish a land bridge across Ukraine linking the Russian Rostov region with the Crimea, which it annexed in 2014 and later.

“Control of southern Ukraine gives Russian forces access to Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova, where a contingent of Russian forces has been based since the early 1990s,” he said.

In 2018, Russia opened a 19-kilometre bridge over the Kerch Strait, linking the Krasnodar region by land with the Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.

Odessa is famous for being an industrial and agricultural city, and it includes two ports, Odessa and Yuzhny, and the latter is also an important oil port at the global level. From Odessa, oil is delivered to the Russian Federation and European countries through a network of strategic pipelines.

The Russian military operation in Ukraine and Western sanctions imposed on Moscow have disrupted grain exports from the two countries, raising fears of food insecurity in the world.

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