Putin Calls Attack on Bridge an Act of Ukrainian Terrorism

Limited traffic begins moving across Russia-Crimea span
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2022 3:15 PM CDT
Putin Blames Bridge Attack on Ukrainian Terrorism
Cars queue to be checked Sunday prior to driving over the Crimean bridge connecting the Russian mainland and Crimean peninsula. Russian President Vladimir Putin is moving to tighten security at the bridge.   (AP Photo)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday accused Ukraine of being behind the explosion that damaged a strategically important bridge connecting Russia and Crimea. He called the attack the day before an act of terrorism, Reuters reports. "This was devised, carried out and ordered by the Ukrainian special services," he said in a video posted on the Kremlin's Telegram channel. Putin had met earlier in the day with Alexander Bastrykin, head of Russia's investigative committee, to hear his findings about the attack, per the Guardian.

In a possible indication of a pending escalation, Putin's security service said Sunday that Russian territory is coming increasingly under fire. "Since the start of October, the number of attacks from Ukrainian armed formations on Russia's border territory has considerably increased," the FSB said. A Russian missile strike early in the day hit residential buildings in the city of Zaporizhzhia, which Ukrainian officials said killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 60. It was the second missile attack on the city in three days.

Three people in a car were killed in the bridge attack, Russian officials said, per the BBC. Putin said the Ukrainians' goal was "destroying Russia's critical civilian infrastructure." Ukrainian officials have not hidden their satisfaction at the attack but have not accepted responsibility. The truck that exploded went through Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, South Ossetia, and Russia's Krasnodar region on its way to the the bridge, Bastrykin said. Rail services and partial road traffic resumed Sunday, per Reuters, though images of the bridge showed half a section of the roadway gone. (Read more Russia-Ukraine war stories.)

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