Ukraine poked the Russian bear today by blowing up the Kerch Bridge from Russia to Crimea.
According to Russian news agency Tass, an explosion occurred in early Saturday morning on one of Putin’s prestige projects and Europe’s longest bridge, which connects Russia and Crimea.
“An object believed to be a fuel storage tank has caught fire on the Crimean Bridge, but the viaduct’s navigable arches sustained no damage, an aide to the head of Crimea, Oleg Kryuchkov, said on Saturday,” according to the news outlet.
“According to preliminary information, a fuel storage tank is on fire… Navigable arches were not damaged. It is too early to speak about causes and consequences. Work to extinguish the blaze is underway,” Kryuchkov wrote in his Telegram channel.
Crimean Bridge, also known as Kerch Strait Bridge or Kerch Bridge, is a pair of parallel bridges, one road, one rail, spanning the Kerch Strait between the Taman Peninsula of Krasnodar Krai in Russia and the Kerch Peninsula of Crimea in Ukraine.
After annexing Crimea at the start of the Russo-Ukrainian War, Russia built the bridge. It is the longest bridge ever constructed in Russia, at 19 kilometers (12 miles), and the longest bridge in all of Europe.
Besides transportation, Russia’s motivation for building the bridge was to legitimize its territorial claims in Crimea.
Russia later today blamed the blast on a fuel truck explosion.
The Ukrainian Defense Department later threatened more attacks on Russia’s infrastructure following the blast.
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?
— Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) October 8, 2022
And later today Ukraine released a new stamp commemorating the Kerch Bridge explosion.
They may have been preparing for this moment for a long time.
Ukraine is already issuing a stamp to mark the occasion. They’ve been preparing for this moment a long time. pic.twitter.com/L7ykUgBJ9n
— Oliver Carroll (@olliecarroll) October 8, 2022
Ukraine unveils stamps celebrating Kerch bridge explosion – hours after the attack
Timing of the Post Office announcement, just hours after the Crimea bridge was destroyed, raises questions about the nature of the explosion
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) October 8, 2022