Explosion On Crimea Linking Bridge: Russia vowed to find the perpetrators without immediately blaming Ukraine after a truck explosion ignited a fire at the Kerch Bridge, the only land link between Russia and annexed Crimea.
In addition to destroying two lanes of the giant road and rail structure, seven oil tankers were set ablaze by the blast.
The bridge was caught in flames and parts fell into the water according to dramatic social media footage.
Russian news agencies cited the national anti-terrorism committee as saying that a car bomb exploded today at 6:07 am (307 GMT) on the road traffic side of the Crimean Bridge, setting ablaze seven oil tankers traveling by rail to Crimea.
As a vital transport link for Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine, the bridge was personally inaugurated by President Vladimir Putin in 2018.
The Kremlin is very concerned about the bridge crossing, and despite the fighting, Moscow maintained its safety.
A section of the bridge half-submerged was posted on Twitter by Ukraine’s presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak earlier.
A bridge connects Crimea to the beginning of the story. It is necessary to destroy all illegal items, return all stolen items to Ukraine, and expel all Russian troops.
There are plans to print stamps depicting the “Crimean bridge – or more precisely, what remains of it” announced the Ukrainian post office.
Russian news agencies reported that Putin had ordered the creation of a commission to investigate the explosion.
Detectives were sent to the scene of the explosion by Russia’s powerful investigation committee.
The Crimean Bridge was damaged by an explosion caused by a truck on the Taman Peninsula side.
It resulted in seven fuel tanks igniting on a train heading towards the Crimean Peninsula, causing two lane collapses.
Kyiv was not blamed by Moscow officials.
In the Russian-occupied Crimea, an official claimed Ukrainian vandals were to blame. In the neighbouring Kherson region, another official said repairs would take two months.
Moscow’s foreign ministry spokeswoman said Kiev’s reaction to the blasts showed its “terrorist nature.”
War disguised as terrorism
Oleg Morozov, a member of the Russian ruling party, told the news agency RIA Novosti that the country is being attacked by an undisguised terrorist operation.
He said that such attacks would multiply if we didn’t respond adequately.
Russian military installations on the Crimean peninsula have been hit by several explosions.
With the bridge so far from the front lines, alarm bells may ring if Ukraine is found to have been responsible for the latest blast.
Ukrainians have recently gained territory in the east and south, undermining Kremlin claims that it has annexed Donetsk, Lugansk and several southern regions including Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.
According to authorities, the blasts appeared to be downplayed by Moscow-installed Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov.
In a message on Telegram, he said, “For everyone’s sake, take a deep breath and refrain from spreading fake news.” The situation is under control, professional assistance is being provided.
In order to assist stranded drivers, authorities have set up food and heating points.
Since Crimea was annexed by Moscow in 2014, authorities have also endeavored to calm fears of food and fuel shortages.
A ferry service was launched by Russia’s transport ministry. In a statement to agencies, the peninsula’s energy ministry announced that fuel supplies are adequate.
A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 70th birthday, the blasts took place.
The Russians gained some ground
Donetsk was the first city to be claimed by Russian forces since Kyiv’s counteroffensive rattled Moscow’s war effort Friday.
As a result of recent Russian shelling near Bakhmut, an industrial town under Ukrainian control, separatist forces have retaken several villages near the war-battered Donetsk region.
In February, Russian forces sent troops to Ukraine to take control of the Donetsk region, which has been partially controlled by Kremlin-backed separatists for years.
In recent weeks, Kyiv’s forces, including in parts of Donetsk, have been pushing back against Russian soldiers across the front lines.
A counter-offensive that began late last month resulted in more than 2,500 square kilometres (965 square miles) of territory recaptured, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said late Friday.
A day after the EU imposed new sanctions against Russia, Zelensky urged Brussels to intensify pressure on the energy sector.
The Russian president has been making thinly veiled threats of using nuclear weapons for more than seven months since the offensive began.
According to US Vice President Joe Biden, Russia may use its nuclear weapons to start an Armageddon.
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