The Russian Kerch bridge which joins Russian mainland to Crimea that is key to resupplying Vladimir Putin’s military has been attacked and two civilians have been killed in an explosion.
Putin has declared an “emergency” and Russian civilians have been told not to use the bridge.
The region’s governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram, “This morning we all started with information about the emergency that happened on the Crimean bridge. We all saw a video on the internet of a damaged car with Belgorod number plates.
“The girl was injured, moderately injured … The hardest thing is that her parents died, dad and mom.”
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, “Today’s attack on the Crimean bridge was carried out by the Kyiv regime.
“This regime is terrorist and has all the hallmarks of an international organized crime group.
“Decisions are made by Ukrainian officials and the military with the direct participation of American and British intelligence agencies and politicians. The US and Britain are in charge of a terrorist state structure.”
Both spans of the Kerch road bridge appear to be badly damaged. It will take months to repair them. pic.twitter.com/GR4Izf2gmR
— Benjamin Pittet (@COUPSURE) July 17, 2023
The Russian-installed head of Crimea’s parliament Vladimir Konstantinov said the Kerch bridge was attacked by Ukraine’s “terrorist regime,” Russian media reported.
Konstantinov claimed that Ukraine has committed a “new crime” by targeting the bridge which is used by civilians.
Sergey Aksyonov, the head of the Russian administration in Crimea wrote on Telegram, “Traffic was stopped on the Crimean bridge. An emergency occurred in the area of the 145th support from the [Russian side of the bridge].
“Measures are being taken to restore the situation. I ask residents and guests of the peninsula to refrain from traveling through the Crimean bridge and, for security reasons, choose an alternative land route through new regions.”