“What’s next Russkies?”: Bridge connecting Russia to Crimea damaged by truck bomb

An enormous explosion caused traffic to become backed up and a large fire to break out on the bridge that connects Russia’s mainland to the Crimean Peninsula.

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An enormous explosion caused traffic to become backed up and a large fire to break out on the bridge that connects Russia’s mainland to the Crimean Peninsula, which is under Russian control.

The incident came to light shortly after early Saturday explosives shook the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine. According to Oleg Kryuchkov, a Russian official, RIA-Novosti, and the Tass news agency, an object believed to be a fuel storage tank caught fire. The navigable arches of the span, he claimed, were unharmed.

Ukraine’s Defence Ministry was quick to hail the move, and Russians how would they respond to it. Defence of Ukraine tweeted, “The guided-missile cruiser Moskva and the Kerch Bridge – two notorious symbols of Russian power in Ukrainian Crimea – have gone down. What’s next in line, Russkies?”

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There were no initial reports of casualties, said the news agency AP. Ihor Terekhov, the mayor of Kharkiv, said on Telegram that missile attacks in the city’s centre were the cause of the explosions, according to AP.

Pictures that were circulated on social media alleged to show the bridge on fire and damaged. A video, however, also demonstrated that the fire at the Crimean Bridge was extinguished on its own.

The eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv was shaken by explosions that sent towering plumes of smoke into the sky and set off a string of secondary explosions before the big inferno at the Crimean Bridge.

In addition, the number of fatalities from earlier missile attacks on residential complexes in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia’s southern region increased to 14.