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Large Explosion reported on key bridge linking Russia to Crimea

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A fire triggered by a vehicle bomb has broken out on a crucial road and rail bridge connecting Crimea to Russia, which invaded the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

Russian news outlets quoted the national anti-terrorism committee as stating, “Today at 6:07 am (0307 GMT) on the road traffic side of the Crimean bridge… a vehicle bomb detonated, setting fire to seven oil tankers being transported by rail to Crimea.”

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The bridge, which Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered completed and opened in 2018, was a crucial transportation route for ferrying troops and delivering military supplies to Russian forces fighting in Ukraine, particularly in the south.

Despite the war in Ukraine, Russia said the bridge was secure and threatened Kyiv with retaliation if it came under assault.

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