CCTV Footage Shows The Major Explosion That Destroyed A Key Russian-Controlled Bridge In Crimea – Here’s Who Destroyed Europe’s Longest Bridge

A huge blast on Russia’s bridge to Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula it annexed in 2014, has killed three people, investigators say.

CCTV images appear to show the moment the bridge linking Crimea to Russia was hit by huge explosion early on Saturday morning.

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The victims were in a nearby car when a lorry blew up, the Russian investigators said, bringing down sections of the bridge’s roadway.

Russia says the railway part of the bridge – where oil tankers caught fire – will reopen this evening.

The crossing opened in 2018 and was a symbol of Russia’s illegal annexation.

An adviser to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak, did not directly claim Ukrainian responsibility but wrote: “Crimea, the bridge, the beginning.

“Everything illegal must be destroyed, everything stolen must be returned to Ukraine, everything occupied by Russia must be expelled.”

Ukraine’s defence ministry compared the bridge explosion to the sinking of Russia’s Moskva missile cruiser in April.

“Two notorious symbols of Russian power in Ukrainian Crimea have gone down,” it tweeted. “What’s next in line?”

Meanwhile the Ukrainian government simply tweeted: “Sick burn.”

The Russian foreign ministry said: “The Kiev [Kyiv] regime’s reaction towards destruction of civilian infrastructure is a testament to its terrorist nature.”

Oddly enough, Ukraine is not taking credit for the act (not yet, anyway), though it would only make sense for them to have been the ones to have carried it out. Russia relies on that bridge to supply its southern front in the annexed lands it is desperately trying to hold. If Vladimir Putin wanted to carry out a false flag attack to justify further escalation, there are far better ways to do that strategically than gutting his own supply lines.

But while it’s pretty clear Ukraine struck this blow in an attempt to weaken Russia’s hold on the annexed areas further north, how they did it is a bit of a mystery. You don’t get that kind of explosion from a few operatives backpacking in explosives, and I’m not sure Ukraine has the tactical strike capability to have done that from the air, either via attack aircraft or cruise missiles. A lot of speculation is centering on the possibility that this happened via an explosive-laden boat that passed under the road span. That may be the most likely explanation.

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Natalie Dagenhardt

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