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On Saturday morning, the traffic and railway service have been suspended on the Crimean Bridge.
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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02:07 GMT 09.10.2022
‘Not Many Elements’ Left to Sanction, Estonian Prime Minister Says
It is becoming more and more difficult for the European Union to agree on new sanctions against Russia, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas says.
"It's becoming more and more difficult to put the sanctions in place, And there are not many elements left that we can sanction. That’s the problem," Kallas said in an interview with The Telegraph published on Saturday.
According to the Estonian prime minister, EU member states are finding it "harder and harder to keep the unity" over sanctions amid "the fatigue of the war" and "domestic problems kicking in."
On Thursday, the EU announced its eighth package of sanctions against Russia which, among other things, sets a framework for capping the price of Russian oil exports from December at a level coordinated by G7 allies.
22:20 GMT 08.10.2022
Pentagon Has ‘Nothing Further to Add’ on Crimean Bridge Blast
WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) - The US Defense Department is aware of the explosion on the Crimean Bridge but is not commenting on it, a Pentagon spokesperson told Sputnik.
"We’ve seen the reports of the explosion at the Kerch Bridge but have nothing further to add on that situation," the Pentagon spokesperson said.
19:29 GMT 08.10.2022
Zelensky's Calls for 'Preemptive' Strikes Prove Necessity of Special Operation - Moscow
MOSCOW, (Sputnik) - Recent statement made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about "preemptive" strikes against Russia goes to show that Moscow correctly assessed the risks related to Ukraine and proves that Russia's special military operation was necessary, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday.
Zakharova noted that Ukrainian presidential spokesman Serhiy Nikiforov had commented on Zelenskyy's words, saying that the Ukrainian leader did not mean nuclear strikes on Russia, rather referring to the situation before February 24.
"That is, in their desire to protect, shield or at least somehow whitewash Zelensky and manage this whole situation, because it has caused quite a stir around the world, they are exacerbating it — they confirm the points that Moscow made in February and March, explaining the entire situation by the intention of the Kiev regime to strike or become a base for a strike [on Russian territory]," the spokeswoman told a Russian broadcaster.
Earlier this week, speaking at Australia's Lowy Institute via a video link, Zelensky said that NATO should launch "preemptive" strikes on Russia, and not "wait for Russia's nuclear strikes." Commenting on the remark, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik that this is nothing else but a call to start a world war.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Kiev is creating risks associated with the use of weapons of mass destruction and that Moscow is warning the United States against reckless support for Ukraine.
On Saturday, Zelensky seemingly walked back on his controversial statement, saying that it has been misinterpreted and that he meant sanctions, not attacks.
16:40 GMT 08.10.2022
Putin Signs Decree to Enhance Security Measures for Transport Crossing Through Kerch Strait, Power Bridge and Main Gas Pipeline
The FSB has been tasked with organizing and coordinating measures to guarantee the safety of transport crossing through the Kerch Strait.
16:15 GMT 08.10.2022
Russian Deputy PM Visits Crimean Bridge
Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin said that he had set the task of launching car traffic on two lanes of the Crimean bridge by Sunday, now only one of the lanes is open.
"We inspected the bridge. Cars started moving along one lane. The task was to prepare everything overnight so that tomorrow during the day we can start traffic on two lanes," Khusnullin told reporters.
He added that metal had already been ordered to restore the damaged span of the Crimean bridge, builders and designers had been trained, and the restoration time would be clear within a day.
16:13 GMT 08.10.2022
Firefighters Made it Possible to Save Railway From More Serious Damage
The actions of firefighters on the Crimean bridge made it possible to save the railway from more serious damage, only 9 of 59 carriages burned down, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said.
14:51 GMT 08.10.2022
Russian Transport Ministry Promises Unhindered Crimea-Bound Traffic for Passengers, Cargo
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Passenger and cargo vehicles will be able to travel to Crimea unhindered after both road and railway traffic on the Crimean Bridge is restored, the Russian Ministry of Transport told Sputnik on Saturday.
"Transportation of passengers and cargo in the direction of Crimea will be ensured in full," the ministry said.
13:13 GMT 08.10.2022
Movement of Vehicles on Crimean Bridge Has Resumed, Now It is Open For Cars and Buses With Full Inspection Procedure - Crimean Head
11:56 GMT 08.10.2022
Murders, Sabotage, Destruction - Criminal Logic Bound NATO Regimes By Mutual Responsibility: Russian Foreign Ministry Slams Estonia Statement About Crimean Bridge Blast
Criminal logic has bound the NATO regimes by mutual responsibility, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, commenting on the reaction of Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu to the emergency in Crimea.
On Saturday, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that Estonia welcomes an explosion on the Crimean Bridge and assumes that Ukrainian special forces might be behind it.
10:55 GMT 08.10.2022
Crimean Bridge Blast Leaves Three People Dead, Preliminary Data Says
There people have died in a blast on the Crimean Bridge, according to preliminary data, the Russian Investigative Committee said on Friday.

"According to preliminary data, three people died as a result of the incident. They were presumably passengers of a car, which was near the exploded track. As of now, the bodies of a man and a women have been recovered from the water, their identities are being established." the committee stated.
09:56 GMT 08.10.2022
Security at Port Kavkaz Has Been Strengthened Since 2014, No Added Measures Required in Connection With Crimean Bridge Emergency - Port Representative
09:24 GMT 08.10.2022
Crimea Head Confirms That Peninsula is Fully Provided With Fuel and Food, There is No Danger
08:41 GMT 08.10.2022
Building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in Moscow - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.10.2022
Moscow: Kiev Regime's Reaction To Destruction of Civilian Infrastructure Proves its Terrorist Nature
07:26 GMT 08.10.2022
Russian Ministry of Transport Begun to Assess Damage on Crimean Bridge
07:25 GMT 08.10.2022
Kerch Strait Ferry Line Resumes Operation, First Ferry Begins Crossing, 3 More in Line - Transport Ministry
The Kerch Strait ferry line, which connects the Crimean peninsula and Russia's Krasnodar region, has resumed its operation, with the first ferry already en route for cargo loading, and three others in line to depart, the Russian Transport Ministry told Sputnik on Saturday.

"The transport companies are resuming the operation of the Kerch Strait ferry line. The coastal infrastructure is ready for these purposes. As of 8:30 a.m. local time [05:30 GMT], the first ferry departed to the terminal for loading, and three more ferries of different shipowners are preparing to depart to the crossing," the ministry said.
07:19 GMT 08.10.2022
Fire on Railway Train With Diesel Fuel on Crimean Bridge Put Out - Ministry Of Emergency Situations
The fire on the freight train on the Crimean bridge was extinguished, Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations told Sputnik on Saturday.

"The fire on a freight train with diesel fuel on the Crimean bridge has been extinguished, at the moment there is no open burning," a ministry official said.

Some 250 people and 70 pieces of equipment were involved in putting out the fire, he added.
07:18 GMT 08.10.2022
Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Podolyak Calls Fire on Crimean Bridge 'Beginning'
Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Saturday that the incident on the Crimean Bridge, where a truck explosion caused seven fuel tanks of a freight train to catch fire and a partial collapse of two car spans, was "the beginning."

"Crimea, the bridge, the beginning. Everything illegal must be destroyed, everything stolen must be returned to Ukraine, everything occupied by Russia must be expelled," Podolyak tweeted.
07:12 GMT 08.10.2022
Kremlin Says No Forecasts Concerning Restoration Period of Crimean Bridge
There are no forecasts concerning the restoration of the Crimean Bridge, which presumably has been damaged by the Ukrainian forces, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik on Saturday.

"No. There are no forecasts yet," Peskov said.

Russia's National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC) said on Saturday that a truck was blown up on the Crimean Bridge, which caused an inflammation of seven fuel tanks of a railway train and a partial collapse of two car spans.

No injuries have been reported yet, according to the regional authorities.
07:12 GMT 08.10.2022
All Trains to Crimea Planned to Depart in Near Future Will Be Suspended Temporarily - Russian Railways
All trains to Crimea, which were scheduled to depart in near future, will be temporarily suspended due to the incident on the Crimean Bridge, the state-owned transport company Russian Railways said on Saturday.

"Train movement is temporarily suspended due to the incident at the Vyshestebliyevskaya ramp (the bridge) – Kerch-Yuzhnaya Novy Park station … The sale of train tickets to Crimea is temporarily halted," the transport operator said on Telegram.

Earlier in the day, Russia's National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC) said that a truck was blown up on the Crimean Bridge, which caused seven fuel tanks of a freight train to catch fire and a partial collapse of two car spans.
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