Fuel tank catches fire on bridge in Crimea – Russia’s RIA

Oct 8 (Reuters) – Russia’s RIA state news agency said a fuel tank caught fire at the Kerch bridge in Crimea early on Saturday, while Ukrainian media reported the explosion.

Traffic is suspended on the road and rail bridge, opened in 2018 and designed to connect Crimea to Russia’s transport network.

“A fuel tank is on fire at a part of the Crimean bridge,” the agency said, citing a regional official, but did not specify the cause.

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“The ship’s bows were not damaged.”

Ukrainian media reported that the explosion on the bridge happened around 6 am (0300 GMT).

Reuters could not independently verify the reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the bridge in 2018 after Crimea was annexed from Ukraine in 2014, amid economic sanctions and a deterioration in relations with the West.

In September, Russia announced the annexation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia provinces after polls that Kyiv and the West said were phone exercises conducted at gunpoint.

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Reporting by Lydia Kelly in Melbourne; Additional reporting by Rhea Binoy in Bangalore; Editing: William Mallard and Clarence Fernandez

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