A key bridge connecting Russia with Crimea has been hit by a large explosion that has collapsed a portion of the road section and left the freight section ablaze.
Reports on the source of the explosion are conflicting, with Russian state news agency RIA Novosti pointing to a fuel tanker fire as the source. Other reports are saying Ukrainian special forces could be behind the attack, which is poised to complicate Russia’s logistics efforts as Ukraine continues to free more of the territory occupied by Russia since the start of invasion on February 24.
What is certain is that the bridge, which Russia built at a significant expense after seizing Crimea in 2014, was always a priority target for Ukraine. However, it lacked the capability to hit it with precision weapons from greater distances. It is worth noting that the Pentagon said in the past that the bridge would be a viable target for Ukraine. Whether Ukraine received more capable weapons from the United States, or it found other ways to come within range of the bridge is still unclear.