A fire was reported on the Kerch bridge linking mainland Russia with the Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula. Russian media said it was sparked by a truck blast. Follow DW for the latest.
Russian anti-terrorism officials said that a large fire on the bridge linking Russia and Crimea was caused by an exploding truck. The fire has now been extinguished, Russian emergency services told Interfax agency. While traffic on the bridge is blocked and trains are delayed, the ferry service will start operating soon on Saturday.
The blast "set fire to seven oil tankers being carried by rail to Crimea," Russian news agencies cited the national anti-terrorism committee as saying. Russia has launched a criminal probe into the event.
"According to preliminary information a fuel tank was on fire on one of the sections of the Crimean bridge, the shipping arches are not damaged," RIA reported citing a local official. The tank was being pulled by a train. There have been no deaths or injuries reported so far.
Top Crimea lawmaker blames 'Ukrainian vandals'
Crimean parliament head Vladimir Konstantinov said the bridge was damaged by "Ukrainian vandals."
"They now have something to be proud of: for 23 years of their economic management they did not manage to build anything worthy of attention in Crimea, but they managed to damage the floor of the Russian bridge," he added on his Telegram channel.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the creation of a committee, probing into the causes of the explosion. The committee said it had sent detectives to the scene.
Dramatic videos on social media showed the giant bridge on fire and partially collapsed into the sea.
The Kerch bridge is 19 kilometers long (11.8 miles) and was built by Russia after it declared Crimea to be Russian territory in 2014.