No. 142—Kerch Bridge

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The Kerch Bridge, also known as the Crimean bridge, spans the length of the Kerch Strait between the Taman Peninsula in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, and the Kerch Peninsula of Crimea. Composed of parallel road and rail lines, it is arguably the most important piece of infrastructure to Russia’s ongoing war effort in Ukraine.

Construction started in 2016, following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea (which itself followed Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine). By 2022, the bridge has become the target of frequent, often dramatic attack by Ukrainian forces seeking to limit Moscow’s ability to move troops, supplies, and heavy armor from Russia to Crimea and then onto frontlines against Ukrainian troops.