A truck was blown up on the Crimean bridge, as a result, seven fuel tanks of a railway train caught fire, RBC reports with reference to the National Anti-Terrorism Committee.
Two car spans of the bridge were partially collapsed, the NAC said.
Firefighters are on the scene, and no casualties have been reported so far.
The authorities of the annexed Crimea have already stated that “Ukrainian vandals” damaged the roadbed.
The head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said that he was at the Crimean bridge. “Now two locomotives are approaching from the side of Taman and Kerch, which will stretch the burning train. As soon as the fire is extinguished, it will be possible to assess the extent of damage to the bridge and supports, it will be possible to talk about the timing of the restoration of traffic,” he said.
“According to visual assessment, one automobile thread from Kerch to Taman is intact. The ferry service is ready for launch, it will start working from today. The timetable will be announced later. Now food and heating stations for drivers are being set up at the entrance to the bridge,” Aksyonov said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to create a government commission in connection with the " state of emergency " . The Investigative Committee announced the initiation of a criminal case into the explosion, the article is not specified.
According to eyewitnesses, the explosion occurred around 6 am. The alleged moment of the explosion was caught on video.
“Crimea, bridge, beginning. Everything illegal must be destroyed, everything stolen must be returned to Ukraine, everything Russian occupation must be expelled,” Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the presidential office of Ukraine, reacted to reports of the explosion.