Desperate Kremlin blames MI6 for Crimean bridge drone strike in TV rant

Russian state TV channels have suggested Ukraine used imported kamikaze underwater drones from Britain, pointing the figure at MI6 for the destruction of the Crimean Bridge.

Two people died following the explosion on the major bridge, also called the Kerch Bridge, linking Russia with Crimea in the early hours of this morning (July 17).

And while Ukraine has yet to take official responsibility for the attack, it is being reported that they were, in fact, behind it.

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However, Vladimir Putin’s state TV blamed James Bond in its flagship news bulletin rather than admit to a significant Russian security failing.

Channel One – which takes its orders directly from the Kremlin – told viewers across the country’s 11 time zones: "The tracks lead to the West.

“The version about the involvement of Britain's MI6 in the attack on the Crimean bridge – it was London that delivered unmanned boats to Kyiv.”

The newscast cited Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee and said: “The attack on the Crimean bridge was carried out by the Kyiv regime, while the strike was by two surface drones…

“There are no details yet, but according to some reports, British Remus 600 vehicles stuffed with explosives could have been used for this sabotage.

“Its autonomous range is some five hundred kilometres [310 miles].”

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The TV channel admitted it was relying on social media for its theory about MI6.

"Social networks are actively discussing the theory about [Kyiv's] collaboration with Britain's MI6,” said the account, as reported by BBC Monitoring.

“On this point, experts are sure that the British were bound to have been involved.”

One expert Yuri Knutov said: "The probability that the British masterminded this operation is very high.”

Another Alexei Mukhin said MI6 was working hand in glove with GUR, Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Agency.

The report said the British Remus 600 was capable of diving to a depth of 1,970ft "but the payload is small, and it does not carry enough explosives to blow up the bridge”.

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