Putin takes car across repaired road on Crimean bridge
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that there must be preparations for further Ukraine attacks on the bridge.
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated that during his trip to the Crimean bridge, Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed to builders repairing its infrastructure that it is vital for Crimea to be connected by land with the rest of the country as Kiev threats against the bridge increase.
"Putin had a brief conversation with employees working on the bridge. Amid continued threats, officially voiced by Kiev, of possible new attacks against the Crimean bridge and related infrastructure, Putin stressed the importance of the land road connecting Crimea with the rest of Russia" Peskov said.
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Putin along with the Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin made a car drive across Crimea's bridge today passing through the newly repaired area of the bridge that was previously targeted earlier in October with a truck-bomb attack.
وكالة "سبوتنيك" الروسيّة تنشر فيديو للرئيس الروسي، #فلاديمير_بوتين، في أثناء قيامه بجولة تفقّديّة لـ #جسر_القرم، بعد إنهاء أعمال الصيانة في جزء منه.— قناة الميادين (@AlMayadeenNews) December 5, 2022
وفي تشرين أوّل الماضي/أكتوبر، تعرّض الجسر إلى التفجير ما ألحق به أضراراً جسيمة. pic.twitter.com/Dz7klyZAml
Khusnullin briefed Russia's head of state on the details of the repairs of the road, including the number of workers that took part in the restoration process and the remaining repairs needed to be accomplished.
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On October 8, the Russian National Anti-Terrorist Committee reported that a truck exploded on the Crimean Bridge, where a truck was blown up on the motorway section of the Crimean Bridge from the Taman Peninsula.
The attack caused seven fuel tanks of a train traveling to the Crimean peninsula to go up in flames. Two motorway sections of the bridge have partially collapsed.
As a result of the attack, three civilians were killed.
Russia officially accused Ukranian special forces and military intelligence unit of carrying out the attack,
Russia’s State Duma stated, "The terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge is no longer just a challenge, but a declaration of war without rules,” following a tweet posted by the political advisor to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak, on the day of the incident, calling the blasting of the Crimea Bridge as just "the beginning".