Russian railway bridge blown up near Ukraine’s border, official calls it ‘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 significance of the bridge for the war, but it sits on an important rail link used to transport supplies to Russian troops fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Pictures posted by Kursk’s regional governor Roman Starovoit on his Telegram page showed a bridge with railway rails dangling uncertainly over a hole after the load-bearing structure below collapsed.

This photo, posted by Kursk regional governor Roman Starovoit, shows a severely damaged bridge in Russia near its border with Ukraine.

This photo, posted by Kursk regional governor Roman Starovoit, shows a severely damaged bridge in Russia near its border with Ukraine.
(Telegram / Roman Starovoit)

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“So far, an investigation team is working on the bridge, but railway specialists have already traveled to the site and are ready to start the restoration work,” he wrote Sunday, describing the photos as “where the sabotage took place.”

Starovoit also said it is “important to repair it as soon as possible.”

Russian officials are gathering at the site of the reported bridge attack.

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

Starovoit claimed on Sunday that the bridge was blown up by unidentified attackers, and the Investigative Committee, Russia’s top state investigative agency, has launched a criminal investigation into what it described as an “act of terrorism”, according to The Associated Press.

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

Smoke rises from oil spills hit by fire in Bryansk, Russia, on April 25 in a photo taken by an anonymous source.

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

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No one has taken 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 “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.

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