A truck has been blown up on the Crimean Bridge, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee has reported.
"Today, at 6:07am, a truck was blown up on the motorway section of the Crimean Bridge from the Taman Peninsula, which caused seven fuel tanks of a train travelling to the Crimean peninsula to go up in flames. Two motorway sections of the bridge have partially collapsed. The arch over the land part of the bridge has not been damaged," the report says. The cause of the explosion is now being investigated.
The cause of the explosion is being investigated.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed to create a government commission in connection with the emergency on the Crimean Bridge, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday.
Crimean head Sergey Aksenov said that the ferry crossing in Crimea is ready for launch and will start working from Saturday. He added that, according to what one can see, one motorway section of the Crimean bridge - from Kerch to Taman - is intact.
The movement of ships in the Kerch Strait did not stop despite a fire on the Crimean Bridge, the Russian Federal Agency for Sea and Inland Water Transport (Rosmorrechflot) said.
Crimea rejoined Russia after nearly 97 percent of voters supported the move in the March 2014 referendum. After the reunification, Russia began building a railway bridge to connect the peninsula with the mainland. The Crimean bridge is the longest in Europe, as it makes up almost 12 miles.
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