Officials have reported that two people were killed and a child was wounded in an “emergency situation” that occurred on a Russian-built bridge connecting the annexed Crimean Peninsula to Russia’s Krasnodar region. The announcement followed the temporary halt of traffic on the bridge, as reported by Moscow-installed officials, and media outlets in Ukraine reported explosions on the overpass.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the southern Russian region of Belgorod, confirmed the casualties on the bridge, revealing that a couple and their daughter were involved. In a statement on the Telegram messaging app, he said, “We all saw a video on the internet of a damaged car with Belgorod license plates. The available information at the moment is that a girl was injured. The most tragic aspect is that her parents, the father and mother, have died.”
Earlier, Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-installed Governor of Crimea, had announced the temporary suspension of traffic on the Crimean bridge due to an “emergency” incident that occurred on the 145th pillar of the bridge, which connects the peninsula to the Russian region of Krasnodar.
According to the head of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, law enforcement agencies and relevant services are actively responding to the situation, and measures are being implemented to manage the incident. However, no further details were provided.
Reports suggest that there may be changes to train traffic on the bridge due to the ongoing “emergency situation.” Police officers are also warning drivers that the ferry service in the area is currently unavailable.
It’s worth noting that Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, although the international community recognizes the peninsula as part of Ukrainian territory. The bridge connecting Crimea to Krasnodar plays a crucial role in transporting supplies for Russian soldiers involved in the conflict in Ukraine.