Vital Bridge Linking Crimea With Russia Damaged, Says Official: 'Refrain Travelling…For Security Reasons'

Russian officials reported two fatalities in a recent “emergency” incident on the Kerch bridge linking the occupied Crimean peninsula to Russia, While the incident is not being called an attack, unconfirmed sources reported hearing explosions, according to BBC News.

Emergency on the Bridge

Sergey Aksyonov, the head of the Russian administration in Crimea, stated on Telegram, “Traffic was stopped on the Crimean bridge. An emergency occurred in the area of the 145th support from the [Russia side of the bridge]. Measures are being taken to restore the situation. I ask residents and guests of the peninsula to refrain from traveling through the Crimean bridge and, for security reasons, choose an alternative land route through new regions”

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Bridge’s Importance

The Kerch Bridge is crucial for supplying the peninsula with food, fuel, and weapons. The recent incident occurs amid a counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces aiming to retake territory in southern and eastern Ukraine.

The bridge was opened in 2018 to enable road and rail travel between Russia and Crimea, a Ukrainian territory held by Moscow’s forces since 2014.

The bridge was partially closed in October 2022 after a major explosion. It reopened fully in February this year.

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