July 17 (Reuters) – Russian Governor Sergei Aksionov wrote on messaging app Telegram early Monday that traffic at the Russia-built Crimean Bridge linking Crimea to Russia’s Krasnodar region has been stopped due to an “emergency” situation. .
Aksionov said that the emergency occurred on the 145th column of the bridge from the Krasnodar Territory. He did not provide any other details.
The Ukrainian news agency RBC reported that explosions were heard on the bridge.
Russia’s Gray Zone Channel, a heavily affiliated Telegram channel of the Wagner Mercenary Group, reported two strikes on the bridge at 03:04 AM (0004 GMT) and 03:20 AM.
Reuters could not independently verify the reports.
There was no immediate comment from Ukraine.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, but it is internationally recognized as part of Ukraine.
The 12-mile (19 km) road and railway bridge were damaged by an explosion last October, in an attack the Kremlin said was orchestrated by Ukrainian security forces. Ukraine indirectly acknowledged the attack only months later.
(Reporting by Lydia Kelly from Melbourne); Editing by Kim Coghill and Michael Berry
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