Maxar shows new satellite images of damage to Crimea bridge

13 October 2022, 02:30 PM
Images show repairs in progress on both rail line and damaged road sections of bridge (Photo:Maxar/Twitter)

Images show repairs in progress on both rail line and damaged road sections of bridge (Photo:Maxar/Twitter)

U.S. company Maxar has published new photos of the damaged Crimea bridge over the Kerch Strait, which was hit by a huge explosion and fire on Oct. 8.

“Today’s imagery shows repairs in progress on both the rail line of the Crimea Bridge as well as on damaged sections of the road/vehicle bridge span,” Maxar said.

“Vehicles can be seen traveling along the bridge and nearby a ferry transporting trucks across the Kerch Strait.”

The Crimea bridge, which connects mainland Russia and the occupied Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea is used by the invaders for sending military equipment to the south of Ukraine.

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Russia first reported on Oct. 8 that “a fuel tanker” had caught fire, and later said there had been a “truck bomb” explosion on the Crimea bridge. Kremlin sources claimed four people were killed as a result of the explosion, in which part of the bridge roadway collapsed, and a fuel train caught fire.

In the evening the invaders claimed the Crimea bridge had reopened to traffic, although with restrictions. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin later set up a government committee to deal with the "emergency situation" on the occupied peninsula.

The adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Mikhailo Podolyk, suggested that the incident could be part of a struggle between Russian security forces.

Sources have told NV that the explosion at the Crimean bridge was a special operation by Ukraine’s SBU security service.

The SBU has refused to comment on the claims, saying, “We do not comment on this. All comments about the responsibility of the SBU and other Ukraine state units regarding (this incident) will be made after our ultimate victory."

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