Russia sends divers to investigate Crimean bridge explosion

08:37: Crimean Bridge reopened

The Crimean Bridge, a key and symbolic piece of infrastructure linking Russia to the annexed peninsula at Ukraine’s expense in 2014, reopened to road and rail traffic on Saturday after being partially destroyed by a large explosion that Moscow said was a truck bomb.

“Rail traffic on the Crimean bridge has been fully restored,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Kouznulin said without specifying the time. “All the scheduled trains will pass through in full,” he said. The recovery concerns both “passenger and freight trains”.

Crimean authorities announced in the afternoon that traffic for cars and buses had resumed on the bridge’s only roadway, which remained intact. This was confirmed by Marat Khousnoulline, noting that the second route will be operational again “in the near future” and that the results of the observations carried out on Saturday on the damaged parts will be known this Sunday. Especially heavy goods vehicles take boats to cross. “We don’t expect a deficit,” the deputy prime minister noted.

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