Saturday, February 24

An explosion demolishes part of the bridge that connects Crimea with Russia

A truck has exploded on the Crimean bridge and has caused the fire of seven fuel tanks of a train that was moving in the direction of the annexed Ukrainian peninsula and partially damaged the infrastructure, according to the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC). ). After the explosion, Mykhailo Podolyak, Zelensky’s adviser, shared an image of the bridge with the following message: “Everything illegal must be destroyed, everything stolen must be returned to Ukraine, everything occupied by Russia must be expelled.”

According to this Russian agency, there has been “a partial collapse of two sections of the automobile part of the bridge.” The arch on the navigable part, they say, has not been damaged. The NAC stressed that the circumstances of the explosion are being clarified and according to preliminary data from the advisor to the Governor of Crimea, Oleg Kriuchkov, there have been no injuries or deaths.

Rail and car traffic have been suspended on the bridge and work has started to launch a ferry service across the Kerch Strait, according to Acting Transport Minister Nikolai Lukahsneko, according to TASS. Navigation in the strait has not been interrupted at the moment, assured the Federal Agency for Maritime Transport and Inland Waters (Rosmorrechflot).

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a government commission, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, “to find out the causes of the incident and eliminate the consequences as soon as possible.”

The commission will also include the heads of the Krasnodar Territory and Crimea, representatives of the National Guard, the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Saveliev and Kurenkov left for the scene, Peskov added.

The adviser to the Governor of Crimea in turn warned that “many false enemy information” about the incident is circulating, for which he asked only to pay attention to “official information”.

For the Kremlin, an attack on the Crimean bridge would be a red line that would not allow it to pass without a response, as they have repeated on several occasions from the Presidency and the Ministry of Defense.

In May 2018, Putin inaugurated the automobile section of the Crimean bridge over the Kerch Strait, the longest in Europe with its 19 kilometers, in order to break the isolation of the peninsula.

At the end of 2019, the railway section over the bridge was also inaugurated, condemned by both Ukraine and the West, which continue to consider the peninsula part of Ukrainian territory.