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The Kerch railway bridge connecting Russia with Crimea was destroyed after a massive explosion. According to media reports, the blast in the bridge took place at 6 am on Saturday morning after a fuel tank of a freight train caught fire. After this a part of the roadway bridge also fell into the river. This bridge is seen as a symbol of Russia’s occupation of Crimea.
On the blast, Mykhailo Podolyaki, the advisor head in Ukraine’s President’s Office, tweeted and said – Crimea, the bridge is the beginning. Russia must return everything stolen from Ukraine. Everything illegal will be destroyed. Everything that Russia has occupied will be rejected.
The sound of the explosion was heard many kilometers away
According to locals, the sound of this explosion on the bridge was heard several kilometers away. A video has also gone viral on social media after the blast in the bridge. In this, several fuel tanks of freight trains and railway lines are seen on fire.
After the blast, the Kerch Railway Bridge caught fire. A part of the roadway bridge fell into the river.
Bridge repair work begins
The destruction of the Kerch Bridge between Russia-Ukraine war is a big blow for Russia. This railway bridge is the main route for supplying logistics to Russian troops in Ukraine. Oleg Kryuchkov, Russia’s head advisor to the Russian-occupied territory in Crimea, said – the explosion happened on the railway bridge. The freight had hit a section of the train. There is no damage to the shipping arch.
However, a burning truck is seen on the bridge. It is not yet clear whether the fire in the truck was caused by the blast or whether the blast was caused by the truck itself. The rescue team has reached the spot to repair the bridge and control the fire.
Putin’s got a punch on the birthday
On the blast, former Australian general and war policy analyst Mick Ryan said – it is too early to talk about the manner of the blast on the Kerch Bridge. It’s like punching President Putin in his face on his birthday. According to Ryan, a large amount of explosives and good planning are needed to make such an explosion. It is difficult for a soldier to carry such a large quantity of explosives.
However, such an explosion can be carried out by a truck loaded with explosives or a missile. Russia can still supply logistics for its troops by water via Melitopol.
Kirch Bridge was built in 2014
The Kerch Bridge was built in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea. The 19 km long roadway bridge was opened to the general public in 2018, two years after the movement on the railway bridge started.
The Kerch Bridge was built on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine is targeting Crimea for the last two months
The war between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for the last 9 months. Russia thought that it was not a matter of Ukrainian soldiers to attack the Crimea and Kerch Bridge in its occupied territory. But in the past two months, Ukrainian troops have carried out several bombings in Crimea. Recently Ukraine attacked Russia’s Saki Naval Air Base. This suggests that Ukraine is trying to annex Crimea.