MOSCOW (Agencies): Moscow has announced that the Crimean Bridge was the target of a terrorist drone attack conducted by Ukraine, according to the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK). The attack took place at approximately 3 am local time and involved two unmanned sea vehicles, causing damage to the road section of the bridge. Tragically, two adults lost their lives, and one child was injured in the incident, as confirmed by the NAK. Law enforcement agencies are currently investigating the matter.
Media outlets have reported that a section of the Crimean Bridge has been destroyed, and another part sustained damage during what is being referred to as an “emergency” event. Russia’s Ministry of Transport has acknowledged that the road surface on one of the tracks has been affected, but it has refuted claims of more extensive destruction. The ministry stated that the bridge’s span structures remain intact on their supports.
Various photos and videos shared by Telegram channels Baza and Mash depict significant damage to the crucial link connecting the Crimean Peninsula to mainland Russia, with one span noticeably lower than the others.
As a result of the incident, traffic on the Crimean Bridge was temporarily halted, with the Crimean Governor, Sergey Aksyonov, declaring an unspecified emergency. It has been reported that a married couple from the Belgorod region lost their lives, and their daughter was injured. The injured child has been admitted to a hospital and is currently receiving intensive care, according to RIA Novosti.
While Ukraine has not confirmed its involvement in the incident, Kiev officials have expressed approval. Andrey Yusov, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence, referred to the Crimean Bridge as a “redundant construction” without providing further details.