October 10, 2022 - 15:30 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Investigators in Russia say they have established that the truck which they say blew up the bridge to Crimea travelled through Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, North Ossetia and Krasnodar Territory, the BBC reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of attacking the bridge, saying that it was an "act of terrorism". Putin said Ukraine's intelligence forces had aimed to destroy a critically important piece of Russia's civil infrastructure.
He was speaking at a meeting with the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin. Officials say three people were killed in the blast on the bridge. The victims were in a nearby car when a lorry blew up, Russian officials say.
According to Bastrykin, investigators have established that the truck which they say blew up travelled through Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, North Ossetia and Krasnodar Territory. He has ordered an investigation into the incident which brought down sections of the roadway.
Ukrainian officials have not indicated that their forces were behind the attack. But an adviser to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak, denied Putin's accusation. He wrote that there is "only one terrorist state here" and that the "whole world knows who it is".
On Saturday, President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged the incident in his nightly address, saying: "Today was not a bad day and mostly sunny on our state's territory." "Unfortunately, it was cloudy in Crimea. Although it was also warm," he added.