Putin accuses Ukraine of orchestrating Crimea bridge explosion; he calls it terrorism



On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin described the massive explosion that destroyed a bridge between Russia and Crimea as a “act of terrorism” and accused Ukraine of planning and carrying out the explosion that caused the bridge to be damaged.

“There is no room for question. This is an act of terrorism with the intention of bringing about the destruction of essential civilian infrastructure “Putin said in a video that was sent to the Telegram account of the Kremlin.

Putin said that the special services of Ukraine were responsible for the planning, execution, and ordering of the attack.

The director of Russia’s Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, who delivered the findings of an inquiry into Saturday’s explosion and fire on the bridge, met with him and discussed the findings.

On Saturday, optimistic signals were sent out by Ukrainian authorities in response to the explosion that occurred at the bridge that crosses the Kerch Strait, which is a critical supply route for Moscow’s soldiers in southern Ukraine. However, no accusations were made.

The bridge serves as a vital artery not just for the city of Sevastopol but also for the port of Sevastopol, which is home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

The damage to the bridge, which had been a towering symbol of Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula, came amid Russia’s battlefield defeats, and could further tarnish the Kremlin’s assurances that the conflict is going according to plan. The bridge had been a towering symbol of Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula since it had been damaged.

One day after the explosion, rail services and some of the road traffic were back up and running. The photographs revealed that one-half of a part of the highway on the bridge had been blown away, while the other half was still connected.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and four years later, Vladimir Putin opened a bridge that connects the territory to its transportation network. The bridge is 19 kilometers long and 12 miles long.

According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, divers will begin work on Sunday to examine the damage to the Crimean bridge. It is believed that a more extensive examination above the waterline will be completed by the end of the day, as reported by agencies. of national news.

On Sunday, according to the Russian Ministry of Transport, both freight trains and passenger trains traveling considerable distances over the bridge were functioning as expected. Around 10 hours after the incident, on Saturday, some limited road traffic was allowed to continue.

Governor of the Russian enclave of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov told reporters, “The situation is controllable, it is uncomfortable, but it is not deadly.” “It is understandable that emotions have been running hot, and there is a natural desire for retribution,” the speaker said.

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