Key Bridge Spanning Russia, Crimea Blown Up In Possible Suicide Bombing On Putin’s Birthday

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A key bridge connecting Crimea to mainland Russia was badly damaged in a huge explosion early Saturday, according to Russian media and social media video.

The Kerch bridge, which joins the annexed peninsula to Russia, is Europe’s longest bridge. Reports said an explosion ignited fuel tanks on the strategically important bridge, and social media images showed the tanker in flames and part of the roadway had fallen into the Sea of Azov. Reports on social media claimed the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber in a truck, but that could not be confirmed.

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:7-8

The Kerch bridge, which joins the annexed Russian peninsula to Russia, is Europe’s longest bridge. Reports said a fuel tank exploded on the strategically important bridge, and social media images showed the tanker in flames and part of the roadway had fallen into the Sea of Azov.

Whether it was an ATACMS strike, or explosive sabotage to the train, the destruction of the Kerch Bridge is going to have massive implications for Russian logistics,” wrote Canadian security commentator Colby Badhwar. “There is now only one railway supplying Russian forces in the west, and it’s just 34km from Ukrainian lines.”

The Crimean Bridge – also called Kerch Strait Bridge or Kerch Bridge – is a structure 19 kilometers (12 miles) in length that passes across the Kerch Strait and links southern Russia to the Crimean Peninsula. The Kerch Strait links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. 

The Epoch Times’ Mimi Nguyen reports that a truck exploded on the bridge around 6 a.m. local time. Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee announced that the explosion caused a fire on the parallel rail section, where seven railway cars carrying fuel caught fire. The blast also caused a “partial collapse of two sections of the bridge.”

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