Russia has blamed Ukraine for the explosion that destroyed the sole bridge linking the country with the occupied Crimea peninsula.
According to BBC, Pro-Russia’s Crimean parliamentary speaker, Vladimir Konstantinov, cast the blame for the explosion on “Ukrainian vandals, who have finally managed to reach their bloody hands to the Crimean bridge”.
He added the damage to the bridge would be “promptly restored since it is not of a serious nature”.
According to viral footage on social media on Saturday, plums of smoke and fire can be seen engulfing two railway carriages from a train with segments of the bridge collapsed.
Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said the explosion happened in the early hours of Saturday.
“At 06:07 Moscow time today [03:07 GMT], an explosion was set off at a cargo vehicle on the motorway part of the Crimean bridge on the side of the Taman peninsula, which set fire to seven fuel tanks of a train that was en route to the Crimean peninsula,” the committee said.
“Two motorway sections of the bridge partially collapsed.”
Ukraine is yet to claim responsibility for the explosion
In 2018, Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, commissioned the bridge following the annexation of Crimea four years prior.
Russia and Ukraine have been at war since Putin ordered the invasion of the neighbouring country earlier this year.
All attempts at peace are yet to yield a lasting ceasefire between the two countries.