The Russian government reports that a day after it was attacked, the bridge connecting Russia to Crimea has partially reopened.
An official posted clips claiming that only one lane of the bridge across the Kerch Strait was being used by vehicles.
The attack on the bridge claimed the lives of a vacationing couple and injured their daughter. Russia accused the incident on Ukrainian seaborne drones.
Although it denied this was retaliation, Russia declined to prolong a deal to export grain from Ukrainian ports.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, denounced the attack on the bridge as a terrorist act on a vital transportation route but promised that his country’s military will retaliate.
Following that censure, Russia launched a barrage of missiles into Ukraine overnight, including at the port of Odesa, where, according to the state administration, missile debris caused damage to the port and residential homes.
Marat Khusnullin, the deputy prime minister of Russia, had tweeted a video of what looked to be cars using the Crimea Bridge at night. He expressed hope for the return of two-way traffic by the middle of September.
According to Russia’s transport ministry, the attack that tore the span apart did not harm the bridge’s supports.
With the opening of the Kerch Bridge in 2018, it is now possible to travel by road and train between Russia and Crimea, a region of Ukraine that Russia annexed in 2014 following a vote that was not recognized internationally.
The railway line that runs parallel to the bridge appears to be undamaged.
Although Ukraine hasn’t publicly claimed responsibility for the strike, a source in the country’s security service told BBC Russian that it was its doing and that water-based drones were utilized.
The BBC has not yet seen any visual proof to support the reports.
For the Russian forces that have been holding areas of southern Ukraine since their invasion on February 24 of last year, the bridge serves as a crucial resupply route.
The latest assault on the Kerch Bridge marks the second significant event of the year.
The bridge was partially closed in October as a result of an assault. In February, it was fully reopened.
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, said that Ukraine attacked the Kerch bridge with the “direct participation” of the US and the UK but offered no proof to support her claims.
The incident and Russia’s decision to halt its involvement in a pact permitting Ukraine to export grain through the Black Sea, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, were unrelated.
In response to Russia’s departure from the agreement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that hundreds of millions of hungry people would “pay the price” worldwide.
He pledged that the UN will keep working to “facilitate the unhindered access” of food and fertilizers from Ukraine and Russia to international markets.
John Kirby, the coordinator of the US National Security Council, accused Russia of resuming a “effective blockade of Ukrainian ports”.
He stated on Monday that “Russia will be fully and solely responsible for the consequences of this military act of aggression.” In fact, the suspension of Russia is already causing a rise in world wheat, corn, and soybean prices.
Dmytro Kuleba, the foreign minister of Ukraine, criticized Russia for its action. He urged other UN members to “strongly demand” that Russia restore its good faith participation in the agreement and end its “hunger games.” Russia needs to keep politics out of the world’s food supply.
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