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Bridge in Russian border region hit by ‘sabotage attack’ – authorities – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union


Several pillars of a structure near Melitopol were damaged in an explosion, local officials said

A road bridge near the town of Melitopol in Russia’s Zaporozhye region was damaged by an explosion on Monday evening, local authorities reported. Officials called the incident a “sabotage attack”.

The explosion in the Ukraine border region took place around 10 p.m. local time, according to a statement from the Zaporozhye administration, adding that “several pillars of the bridge were damaged.” Traffic on the bridge was halted following the incident, authorities said.

Several videos posted on social media by Vladimir Rogov, a senior regional official, showed the bridge’s roadway sagging in at least one place. A loud bang can also be heard in another of Rogov’s videos claiming to show the moment of the explosion.

On his Telegram channel, Rogov blamed the attack on the Ukrainian “The Terrorists.”

The bridge is part of a road connecting Melitopol with the port city of Berdyansk located on the Sea of ​​Azov.

The Zaporozhye region, along with three other former Ukrainian territories, joined Russia after holding referendums this fall.

At the end of November, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed to have foiled a terrorist plot in Zaporozhye. The suspects planned to detonate a bomb in a market in Melitopol, according to the FSB. At least three Ukrainian nationals have been arrested in connection with the plot.

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