For the first time, the Ukrainian government has claimed responsibility for the explosion that on 8 October 2022 caused the partial collapse of the bridge connecting Russia to Crimea, the peninsula which was invaded and annexed by Russia in 2014 following a military occupation and a controversial referendum.
At the time, the Russian government claimed that the explosion was caused by a bomb placed on a truck that was crossing the bridge. The fire then reached three wagons carrying fuel on a freight train, causing them to explode as well. After the explosion, two spans of the part of the bridge traveled by vehicles had collapsed (the one with the railway line had been less damaged).
Russia had accused Ukraine of being responsible, but the Ukrainian government had so far not claimed responsibility for the explosion (more generally, it had never claimed responsibility for attacks on Russian territory). You did it for the first time on Saturday 8 July, on the occasion of the 500th day since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, when Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar wrote a post on Telegram in which he retraced some of the most significant moments of the Ukrainian resistance. Among these he recalled the explosion of the bridge in Crimea, in this way: “273 days ago we carried out our first attack on the Crimean bridge, to interrupt Russian logistical connections”.
The 18.1-kilometre-long bridge spans the entire Kerch Strait between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. It is an extremely strategically important infrastructure for Russian operations in Ukraine, because it is the the only route that Russian vehicles could use to bring supplies quickly by land to the areas of southern Ukraine occupied during the war. Five people died in the explosion, the collapse caused for weeks severe traffic restrictions.