On one of Putin’s high-profile projects, the longest bridge in Europe that connects Russia and Crimea, an explosion was reported to have taken place early on Saturday morning, according to the Russian news agency Tass.
An assistant to the leader of Crimea, Oleg Kryuchkov, reported on Saturday that “an object thought to be a gasoline storage tank has caught fire on the Crimean Bridge,” although the viaduct’s navigable arches were unharmed.
“Preliminary reports indicate that a fuel storage tank is on fire. Navigable arches were unharmed. The time is not yet right to discuss causes and effects. Work is being done to put out the fire, Kryuchkov stated in his Telegram channel.
The Kerch Strait is spanned by the Crimean Bridge, also known as the Kerch Strait Bridge or Kerch Bridge, which connects the Kerch Peninsula in Crimea, Ukraine, with the Taman Peninsula in Krasnodar Krai, Russia.
Russia constructed the bridge after annexing Crimea at the outset of the Russo-Ukrainian War. With a length of 19 kilometers (12 miles), it is both the longest bridge ever built in Russia and the longest in all of Europe.
In addition to providing transportation, Russia built the bridge to support its territorial claims in Crimea.
Images from the bridge showed at least two train cars being completely consumed by a fiercely blazing fire, which was accompanied by a massive column of black smoke. One side of the parallel road bridge also collapsed into the Kerch Strait.
The explosion occurred on Saturday just before 6 a.m. while a train was crossing the bridge; witnesses claimed they could hear it from miles away.
It was not immediately obvious what triggered it, but Mykhailo Podolyak, a presidential adviser for Ukraine, seemed to point the finger at Kyiv in a tweet that read: “Crimea, the bridge, the beginning. Everything that is unlawful must be destroyed, everything that has been stolen must be given back to Ukraine, and everyone who is a part of the Russian occupation must be driven out.
Some have speculated that the attack on the bridge may have been a spectacular act of sabotage because damage to the road part of the bridge appeared to have been cleanly severed with no clear indication of a missile hit in the initial photographs to emerge.
“Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee says a truck bomb caused seven railway cars carrying fuel to catch fire, resulting in a “partial collapse of two sections of the bridge.” The committee didn’t immediately apportion blame,” the outlet reported.
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By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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