February 8, 2023

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As if nothing had happened: a nervous Putin strolls over the destroyed Crimean bridge

As if nothing had happened: a nervous Putin strolls over the destroyed Crimean bridge

Russian President Vladimir Putin drove across the Crimean bridge, which was partially destroyed in October, to the annexed peninsula. Russian media reported it on Monday. This is his first visit to Crimea since the start of the war against Ukraine.

source: Belgium

Russian television channels broadcast pictures showing Putin in a car. They said that he was on the bridge connecting the Ukrainian peninsula with Russia. The bridge was badly damaged in October by a powerful explosion.

Russia says Ukraine is behind the explosion on the bridge that also killed three people, but that country has not claimed responsibility. After the explosion, Russia launched massive missile attacks on its neighbor. The bridge over the Kerch Strait is the only land link between Russia and Crimea and is vital to supplying Russian forces in Ukraine.

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Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and construction of the 19-kilometer Crimean Bridge began a year later. At the grand opening in 2018, Putin was the first to cross the bridge, which is of great symbolic value for Russia. The Kyiv Post, one of Ukraine’s largest newspapers, published photos of the Russian president on Monday with a somewhat sarcastic note.

Read also. “The Crimean Bridge must be repaired before July 2023.”

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