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Putin Denounces Crimean Bridge Explosion as Terrorist Act

  • Fire at the Crimea bridge, Oct. 8, 2022.

    Fire at the Crimea bridge, Oct. 8, 2022. | Photo: Twitter/ @Podolyak_M

Published 10 October 2022

"Ukraine's special services were the initiators, performers and masterminds," the Russian president said.

On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the explosion on the Crimean Bridge was no doubt a terrorist act aimed at destroying Russia's critical civilian infrastructure.


Resumption of Traffic on Both Lanes of the Crimea Bridge

"Ukraine's special services were the initiators, performers and masterminds," Putin said when meeting with Chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin.

Confirming Putin's statement, Bastrykin said that citizens of Russia and foreign countries were also involved in the incident.

"We have already established the route of the truck which exploded. It drove through Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, North Ossetia, and the Krasnodar Territory," Bastrykin said.

"We have also identified the carriers ... With the help of FSB (Federal Security Service) agents, we were able to identify suspects from among those who could have arranged the terrorist act and those who are active within the Russian Federation," he added.

On Saturday, a blast hit the 19-km Crimean Bridge, which consists of two parallel routes for automobiles and trains over the Kerch Strait. A truck exploded on the road bridge, causing seven fuel tanks of a train heading to the Crimean Peninsula to catch fire. Three people were killed in the blast, which also led to the partial collapse of two spans of the bridge.

The incident on the Crimean Bridge was a special operation carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), the Interfax-Ukraine news agency cited its source in Ukraine's law enforcement agencies as saying. The SSU hasn't commented on the incident yet.

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