Putin Calls Kyiv’s Attack on Kerch Bridge a ‘Terrorist Act’

Bastrykin said Ukrainian special services and citizens of Russia and other countries took part in the act.

“We have already established the route of the truck” which Russian authorities say set off a bomb and explosion on the bridge, he said. Bastrykin said the truck traveled to Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, North Ossetia, Krasnodar (a region in southern Russia) and elsewhere.

Earlier on Sunday, overnight Russian missile strikes on the town of Zaporizhzhia destroyed part of a tall building, killing at least a dozen people.

The strikes come as Russia suffered a series of setbacks nearly eight months after invading Ukraine in a campaign many thought would be short-lived. In recent weeks, Ukrainian forces have staged a counteroffensive, retaking areas to the south and east, while Moscow’s decision to call in more troops has led to protests and an exodus of tens of thousands of Russians .

The latest setback for Moscow was an explosion on Saturday that hit a huge bridge linking Russia with the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed eight years ago. The attack on the Kerch Bridge damaged an important supply route for Kremlin forces and dealt a blow to Russian prestige.

Recent fighting has focused on areas just north of Crimea, including Zaporizhzhia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy lamented the latest attack in a Telegram message.

“Again, Zaporizhzhia. Again merciless attacks on civilians, targeting residential buildings, in the middle of the night,” he wrote. At least 19 people died on Thursday when Russian missiles fired at apartment buildings in the city.

“From the one who gave this order, to all those who carried out this order: they will respond,” he added.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the attacks on civilians a war crime and called for an international investigation.

All six missiles used in Sunday’s night attack were launched from Russian-occupied areas in the Zaporizhzhia region, the Ukrainian Air Force said. The region is one of four that Russia claims as its own this month, although its capital of the same name remains under Ukrainian control.


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