08:44 17 Jul 2023

Crimean bridge damaged amid reports of explosions

According to initial reports, the line of the Crimean Bridge, a significant logistical route essential for Russian occupiers in Ukraine and the project of symbolic importance, inaugurated by President Vladimir Putin himself, "fell down" around four in the morning on July 17.

The Russian information resource Baza reported that traffic was stopped on the bridge.

According to the Russia-appointed "leader" of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, "an emergency happened in the area of support 145." Law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation are working at the scene. At least two dead and one injured are also reported.

The Astra Telegram channel reported that railway traffic had been stopped on the illegally built bridge across the Kerch Strait. "The movement of rail transport across the Crimean bridge has been stopped," the post says.

According to the Russian mass media, the ferry's movement across the Kerch Strait has been stopped. Later, the monitor added that the destruction of at least one span of the Crimean Bridge was reported, and there were also reports of damage to the second span.

Previously, residents of the temporarily occupied Ukrainian peninsula complained about explosions on the night of July 17.

At the same time, the residents of Kerch wrote on the network, as the Russian BBC News service noted, that they heard two explosions — at 03:04 and 03:20 local time. The drivers on the bridge were turned around and sent to a "safe distance." After all, at least one span is probably damaged, or even two.

It was the second time the Crimean Bridge was damaged. Russia blamed Ukraine for an attack on the bridge last October. Ukraine admitted only indirectly to the attack months later.

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