A strong explosion destroys part of the main bridge linking Russia with Crimea

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A strong explosion destroys part of the main bridge linking Russia with Crimea

A strong explosion has partially damaged this sá. Under the geostrategic bridge of the Kerch Strait, the main routeconnection betweenRussia and strong>Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow; in 2014. The Kremlin, which claims that it was an attack with a truck bomband points out that Ukraine is responsible, it has warned throughout the Russian invasion that an offensive against this 19 kilometer long infrastructure would mean crossing a li red line.

At least three people have died in the explosion, Russian investigators announced this Saturday, who claimed to have identified the driver of the bomb truck which caused the detonation. “According to preliminary data, three people died,” probably “passengers in a vehicle that was near the truck when it exploded,” he said. the Committee Russian Research Department in a statement. And the damage caused to the bridge has been calculated by the Union of Insurers of Russia at between 200 and 500 million rubles (3.2 million and 8.1 million dollars ), according to the RIA Nóvosti agency.

The bridge, built in 2018, was a dream and a symbol of the expansionist ambition of the Russian president, Vladímir Putin. The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajárova, has denounced that “the reaction of the kyiv regime to the destruction of civil infrastructure testifies to its terrorist nature“. The Crimean authorities attribute the explosion to “Ukrainian vandalism“, while the Ukrainian authorities do not clarify responsibility for the attack, but celebrate the damage to the infrastructure.

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Authority of the attack

Although it has not been officially acknowledged, The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) would be behind the explosion on the bridge, according to a source from said agency quoted by the Ukrainian digital newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.

< p>The newspaper admits that the secret service itself has not made an official statement about its participation in these events. The Ukrinform news agency cites a post by the SBU on Telegram to admit, together with information provided by security service sources, the involvement of the Ukrainian security services in the bridge explosion and fire.

“The bridge burns beautifully at dawn. A nightingale meets the SBU in Crimea,” says the SBU post, quoted by Ukrainska Pravda, paraphrasing the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko.

Ukraine celebrated the damage produced in a part of the bridge. The Ukrainian air force reported on its Telegram account of the “destruction” of the bridge: “This morning on the Crimean bridge. Fuel tanks are on fire. Part of the roadway It was also destroyed! It will all be Ukraine!”, says the message from the Ukrainian air force, which is accompanied by images of the destroyed bridge.

Mikhailo Podolyak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodomir Zelensky, said: “Crimea, the bridge, the beginning. Everything illegal must be destroyed, everything stolen must be returned to Ukraine, everything occupied by Russia must be expelled.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry, through a tweet, states that the Kerch Bridge, one of the symbols of Russian power in Crimea, has fallen.

A strong explosion destroys part of the main bridge that connects Russia with Crimea

Fire of seven fuel tanks< /h3>

The incident has caused the fire of seven fuel tanks of a train traveling to the pro-Russian region. “There was a partial collapse of two sections of the automobile part of the bridge”, explained the National Antiterrorist of Russia (NAC) to the TASS agency. The strong explosion happened at 04.07 hours and there have been no injuries or deaths, local authorities have specified.

Traffic has already recovered

Rail and automobile traffic was suspended and steps were taken to launch a ferry service in the Kerch Strait, as indicated by the First thing in the morning, the Acting Minister of Transport, Nikolai Lukahsneko, according to TASS. In the afternoon, car traffic recovered. In the rails not damaged by the explosion this Saturday, as well as rail transport, indicated the local and railway authorities, reports Efe.

“The movement of vehicles along the Crimean bridge has begun. At the moment, the traffic is open to cars and buses with a full inspection procedure,” he wrote. The governor of the occupied Ukrainian peninsula, Sergei Aksiónov, on his Telegram channel. However, Aksiónov asked Truck drivers are encouraged to plan their route using the Kerch Strait ferry crossing.

Maritime navigationin the strait it was not interrupted, it specified the Federal Agency for Shipping and Inland Water Transport (Rosmorrechflot).

Putin orders an investigation

Russian President Vladimir Putin, has ordered the creation of a government commission, as announced by the official. the spokesman of the Kremlin, Dmitri Peskov. “Putin has received various reports from law enforcement agencies and has instructed Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to set up a commission “to find out the causes of the incident and eliminate consequences as soon as possible.”

Furthermore, this Saturday it commissioned the Federal Security Service (FSB)reinforce measures to protect the bridge, reported the Kremlin. In a decree, it gives the FSB “the authority to organize and coordinate measures to protect transportation across the Kerch Strait, the Russian Federation's power grid to the Crimean peninsula, and the main gas pipeline between Krasnodar and Crimea,” reads the document.

The Emergencies Minister, Alexandr Kurenkov, and the Transport Minister, Guennadi Saveliev, traveled to the scene. On the other hand, the adviser to the Governor of Crimea, Oleg Kriuchkov, affirmed that that “a lot of false enemy information” is circulating about the incident.

In May 2018, Putin inaugurated the The automobile section over the Crimean bridge over the Kerch Strait, the longest in Europe at 19 kilometers, in order to break the isolation of the peninsula. At the end of 2019, it was inaugurated. also the railway section over the bridge, condemned both by Ukraine and by the West, which continue to consider the peninsula part of Ukrainian territory.