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See the reactions in Russia and Ukraine to the bombing of the Crimean bridge

The explosion of the Crimean bridge, for which Russia has so far not named a direct culprit, caused happy reactions from Ukrainian officials, but Ukraine did not take direct responsibility, BTA reported.

It is not yet clear whether the blast was the result of a deliberate attack or an accident, but the damage to such important infrastructure came at a time when Russia has suffered several battlefield defeats and is likely to further cloud the Kremlin’s messages to the wider Russian public. , that the conflict is going according to plan, the agency notes. Moreover, the explosion happened the day after Putin turned 70.

The head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, posted footage of the burning bridge on social media along with a video of Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.”

Since the invasion began on February 24, Ukrainian officials have regularly hinted at their desire to destroy the Crimean bridge, seen in Ukraine as a symbol of Russia’s occupation of Crimea. Ukraine’s postal service said today it will print a special stamp to commemorate the explosion.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Kyiv’s response to the destruction of civilian infrastructure “testifies to its terrorist nature.”

An adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, posted a message on Twitter saying the incident was just “the beginning,” but did not directly mention whether Ukrainian forces were responsible for the explosion. “Everything illegal must be destroyed, everything that was stolen must be returned to Ukraine,” Mykhailo Podoliak wrote.

Kirill Stremousov, the Russian-appointed deputy governor of Kherson Oblast, said the bridge incident “will not affect the supply of the army much.” “But there will be problems with logistics for Crimea,” he added in a post on social networks.

Mykola Belyeskov of the Ukrainian Institute for Strategic Studies, which advises the presidency in Kyiv, said the Crimean bridge was indispensable to Russian forces and, if cut, “the entire Russian southern front would collapse quickly and easily.”

In his video message, the governor of Crimea said that he wanted to “assure Crimeans that the Republic of Crimea is fully provided with fuel and food. We have more than one month’s worth of fuel and more than two months’ worth of food.”

The Russian governor of the city of Sevastopol also tried to calm the locals. “We are not cut off from the continent!” wrote Mikhail Razvozzhaev in his message published in “Telegram”. “Keep calm. Don’t panic,” he added.

Meanwhile, Russia’s defense ministry said Russian troops fighting in the Mykolaiv, Kryvyi Rih and Zaporizhia regions of southern Ukraine could receive all necessary supplies through existing land and sea corridors. The Russian Ministry of Transport announced that rail traffic on the Crimean Bridge would be restored this evening.

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