Russian railway bridge exploded near Ukrainian border, official calls “sabotage”

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Russian crews are reportedly working on Monday to repair a railway bridge near the country’s border with Ukraine that was blown up over the weekend in what a local governor claims was an act of “sabotage”.

Officials did not specify the bridge’s significance for the war, but it is located on a key rail link used to ferry supplies to Russian troops fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Pictures published by the Kursk regional governor. Roman Starovoit on his Telegram page showed a bridge with rails dangling precariously over a gap after the supporting structure collapsed below.

In this picture published by the Kursk regional governor. Roman Starovoit, a badly damaged bridge is seen in Russia near the Ukrainian border.

In this picture published by the Kursk regional governor. Roman Starovoit, a badly damaged bridge is seen in Russia near the Ukrainian border.
(Telegram / Roman Starovoit)

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“So far an investigation team is working on the bridge, but the rail specialists have already left for the site and are ready to begin the restoration work,” he posted on Sunday, describing the photos as “where the sabotage took place.”

Starovoit also said it was “important to get it fixed as soon as possible”.

Russian officials gather at the site of the attack on the reported bridge.

Russian officials gather at the site of the attack on the reported bridge.
(Telegram / Roman Starovoit)

Starovoit said Sunday that the bridge was blown up by unidentified attackers and the Investigative Committee, Russia’s leading state investigation agency, has launched a criminal investigation into what it described as a “terrorist act,” according to the Associated Press.

The regional administration said it expects the repair work to be completed on Wednesday.

Smoke rises from oil storage facilities hit by a fire in Bryansk, Russia on April 25, in a photo taken by an unnamed source.
(AP)

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No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which follows a series of explosions and fires in western Russia as the war in Ukraine enters its third month.

last week, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said that “karma is a cruel thing” after a Russian ammunition depot burst into flames and explosions were heard along provinces bordering the war-torn country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.