The Russian Security Service (FSB) has identified the suspects behind the deadly explosion
Ukrainian intelligence is behind the deadly attack on the Crimean Bridge, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday following a report by the head of the national Investigative Committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin.
According to Bastrykin, the attack was organized by the Ukrainian security services, which were “aided” by some Russian and foreign nationals. The Investigative Committee head also said that the Federal Security Service (FSB) had identified the suspects that were involved in the attack.
The attack on the bridge was aimed at hitting Russia’s “critical infrastructure,” Bastrykin said, adding that it was “an act of terrorism.”
According to the Investigative Committee chief, the truck that exploded on the bridge arrived in Russia from Bulgaria through Georgia and Armenia.
This a terrorist act organized by the Ukrainian security services. It was aimed at destroying a major civilian infrastructure facility.
“So, as you just reported, there is no doubt,” Putin said. “It was ordered, planned and carried out by the Ukrainian security services.”
“The Ukrainian security services, as well as citizens of Russia and foreign countries who helped organise this terrorist attack,” Bastrykin clarified.
The attack, which took place early on Saturday, saw a truck exploding on the Crimean Bridge. A part of the highway bridge collapsed in the blast and seven fuel tanks a train heading towards Crimea through a nearby railway bridge caught fire.
The attack killed at least three people. The explosion led to a temporary halt of both road and railway traffic, which were both resumed by Saturday evening. Ukraine stopped short of taking responsibility for the attack, although it was celebrated on social media by the country’s Security Service (SBU) and Defense Ministry.