Vladimir Putin has been dealt a humiliating blow after one of his prized projects in Ukraine has collapsed into the sea. The Kerch bridge, linking Crimea to Russia, has been pivotal during the war and a key resupply route for the Russian military in southern Ukraine. However, footage has emerged this morning showing the road section of the bridge collapsed into the sea.
The rail section of the bridge, which was only opened in 2020, was seen ablaze, with fiercely burning fire engulfing at least two railway carriages from a train stuck on the bridge.
Footage shared online shared the intense fire, with thick smoke billowing into the air above Crimea.
An unconfirmed video that spread on social media also claimed to show the moment of the explosion.
Responsibility for the explosions and subsequent blaze remains unclear, with official Russian sources telling national news agencies that a fuel tanker was involved.
However, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, appeared to claim Kyiv’s responsibility.
He tweeted: “Crimea, the bridge, the beginning.
“Everything illegal must be destroyed, everything stolen must be returned to Ukraine, everything belonging to the Russian occupation must be expelled.”
@Osinttechnical, which monitors the conflict, tweeted: “Losing the Crimean Bridge road span was bad for the Russians, but the rail span just spent multiple hours being cooked by a number of fuel cars, with no sign of a Russian firefighting response.
“The Russians rely heavily on that rail span to move heavy equipment into Crimea, and southern Ukraine, especially Kherson Oblast.”