"The slab of the bridge moved down": eyewitnesses told about the moment and the consequences of the explosion on the Crimean bridge. Photo and video
Eyewitnesses of the destruction of the Crimean bridge said that they heard two explosions around three o'clock in the morning. The first explosion was heard at 3:04, and the second one went off at 3:20.
As a result of the incident, one slab of the bridge moved down. This is reported by the Telegram channel "We Can Explain" (to see photos and video, scroll to the end of the page).
One of the witnesses of the incident claims that the Crimean bridge was damaged, but not completely destroyed. Also witnesses of the explosions started blaming the Ukrainian military for what happened.
"The bridge was damaged, but not destroyed. The jackhammer was twisted, the slab of the bridge moved down," witnesses said.
Other eyewitnesses say that after the second explosion, lights went out on half of the bridge and emergency services headed to the scene. In addition, residents of the streets neighboring the Crimean bridge also heard the explosion.
It is worth noting that the illegal crossing is destroyed for the second time in ten months. Last time the collapse of the bridge span occurred on October 8, 2022. Then a truck exploded on the Crimean bridge.
According to George Barros, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, the destruction of the Crimean bridge will greatly affect the Russian occupiers. In the near future, the aggressor country will have only one land supply line - a coastal highway on the Sea of Azov to support or evacuate its tens of thousands of troops in Crimea and southern regions of Ukraine.
We shall remind you that on the morning of July 17, the governor of Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia, Sergey Aksyonov, announced an "emergency" on the Crimean bridge, due to which traffic on it was stopped. It turned out that after the overnight explosions there were several large dips in the roadbed and there are casualties.
As reported OBOZREVATEL, guerrillas "Atesh" told that the Russian occupiers in Crimea are in anticipation of a counter-offensive of the AFU. Therefore, they are trying to save the Crimean bridge from Storm Shadow missiles with the help of angle reflectors.