Vladimir Putin accuses Ukraine of attacking Crimea bridge in ‘act of terrorism’

Russian president says there is ‘no doubt’ Ukraine is behind attack

Andy Gregory
Monday 10 October 2022 02:37 BST
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Vladimir Putin tightens infrastructure security after blast on Russia-Crimea bridge

Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of carrying out the attack on a key bridge linking Crimea to Russia, in what he labelled an “act of terrorism”, raising the prospect of harsh retaliation.

The Russian president had initially stopped short of blaming Kyiv for the partial destruction of the bridge – viewed widely as symbolic of Moscow’s annexation of the peninsula in 2014 and a major logistical artery for his troops waging war on Ukraine.

But on Sunday night, Mr Putin said in a video published by the Kremlin: “There is no doubt. This is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying critically important civilian infrastructure.”

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