Crimea Bridge: why is it important and what happened to it

Crimea Bridge: why is it important and what happened to it
A firefighter helicopter pours water on a collapsed part of the Kerch Strait Bridge in Crimea on 8 October 2022. (Photo: EPA-EFE / STR)

July 17 (Reuters) - Traffic on the road-and-rail bridge linking Russia and the Crimean peninsula was stopped early on Monday due to an "emergency situation," the Russian-backed head of Crimea's administration, Sergei Aksyonov said.

The RBC-Ukraine news agency reported that explosions were heard on the bridge, with Russian military bloggers reporting two strikes. The bridge is a crucial supply route for Russian forces in Ukraine.

Reuters was not able to independently verify the reports. There was no immediate comment from Ukraine.

In October, the bridge was damaged in a powerful blast, with Russian officials saying the explosion was caused by a truck that blew up while crossing the bridge, killing three people.

President Vladimir Putin has branded the October blast a “terrorist attack” orchestrated by Ukrainian security services and ordered a wave of retaliatory strikes on Ukrainian cities including the capital Kyiv afterwards.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy months later claimed only indirectly that his country was responsible for the attack, listing the bridge as one his army’s “successes” in 2022.


Following are key facts about the bridge.



The 19-km (12-mile) Crimea Bridge over the Kerch Strait is the only direct link between the transport network of Russia and the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in


The bridge was a flagship project for Putin, who opened it himself for road traffic with great fanfare by driving a truck across in 2018.

It consists of a separate roadway and railway, both supported by concrete stilts, which give way to a wider span held by steel arches at the point where ships pass between the

Black Sea and the smaller Azov Sea.

The structure was built, at a reported cost of $3.6 billion, by a firm belonging to Arkady Rotenberg, a close ally and former judo partner of Putin.



The bridge is crucial for the supply of fuel, food and other products to Crimea, where the port of Sevastopol is the historic home base of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

It also became a major supply route for Russian forces after Moscow invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, sending forces from Crimea to seize most of southern Ukraine’s Kherson region and some of the adjoining Zaporizhzhia province.



(Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Editing by Michael Perry)


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  • Beyond Fedup says:

    Blast these Russian Putin orcs and the evil chief himself to kingdom come ie hell where they belong. The sooner, the better. May they forever burn in hell for all the terror, mass-murder, kidnapping, torture and destruction that they have committed. Anyone who has any doubt about Putin, his Kremlin and cronies should read “Killer in the Kremlin” by the acclaimed UK author John Sweeney. The world is dealing with the devil incarnate!!

  • William Stucke says:

    “Editing by Michael Perry” Not very well! There are 2 spurious leaving the last bits of a paragraph all on their own. Did he actually get paid for this?

    DM, don’t you proofread stuff from Reuters?

  • Beyond Fedup says:

    Typical of the monstrous and evil Putin thug. Throws his toys out the cot when the other side, who has been pummelled and murdered, with no holds barred, reacts and gives this vile coward and bully some of his own medicine. This pathetic little nothing-nik now wants to show and punish the world by using grain etc as a weapon as he thinks he is above the law and expects total impunity from any action he takes, which is always murderous, bestial, sinister and callous.

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