25 October 2016

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Putin’s combat divers to guard Crimea-Russia energy bridge

The Russian National Guard took control over the issue of protection of the so-called energy bridge to the Russian-occupied Crimea. It is also planned to use their expertise on a permanent basis to protect the yet-to-be-completed transport bridge over the Kerch strait, according to the National Guard’s deputy chief Lieutenant-General Oleg Borukaev, RIA Novosti reports.


"An interdepartmental working group based on the federal bodies of executive power has been set up. Risk assessment is underway, to identify possible hazards that may emerge along the transport corridor," he said.

According to him, Rosgvardiya [the national guard] will protect the energy bridge to Crimea until it is decided who and how will deal with this issue on a permanent basis.

U.S. says Russian jet flew 10ft from plane over Black SeaRussian edition Izvestiya earlier stated that the Russian Federal Service of National Guard troops began its work on creating a detachment of combat divers to protect the bridge across the Kerch Strait, which is still under construction, from possible terrorist attacks.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on April 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on the establishment in Russia of the National Guard on the basis of the country’s internal forces. Viktor Zolotov, former chief of Putin’s Guard, was appointed Commander of the Federal Service of National Guard troops.

Earlier it was reported that the occupied Sevastopol was preparing for another "blackout": there is not enough electric power from Russia’s mainland in winter.

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