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Explosion destroys bridge linking Crimea to Russia

Russia on Saturday confirmed that three persons had been killed after a truck exploded on its bridge linking Crimea.

On the same day, Moscow appointed a new General, Sergey Surovikin to lead its Ukraine offensive.

Moscow said the blast on the 19-kilometre bridge set ablaze seven oil tankers transported by train and collapsed two car lanes.

Russian investigators said the bodies of an unidentified man and a woman were pulled out of the water, likely passengers in a car driving near the exploded truck.

The authorities identified the owner of the truck as a resident of Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, saying his home was being searched.

The Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said Putin had ordered a commission to be set up to look into the incident.

Meanwhile, the blast received no attention from Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky in his nightly address.

Earlier, dramatic social media footage had showed the bridge on fire with parts plunging into the water.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; editing by Annabel Nwachukwu