Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, accused Ukraine of what he called a terrorist attack on a key bridge linking Russia and Crimea.
The Kerch Strait Bridge, an imposing symbol of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and also a vital artery of Sevastopol where the Russian Black Sea fleet is based, exploded on Saturday (October 8), causing three casualties at the scene.
Putin met with Alexander Bastrykin, the head of Russia’s investigative committee on the following day who said an inquiry for the explosion of a vehicle, which led to a fire on the bridge was launched.
According to the finding, Bastrykin said the vehicle had traveled to Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, North Ossetia, and Russia’s Krasnodar.
“There is no doubt. This is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying critically important civilian infrastructure,” Putin said on Sunday in a video on the Kremlin’s Telegram channel.
“This was devised, carried out and ordered by the Ukrainian special services,” the president of Russia added.