Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

A passenger train and cars travel over the Kerch bridge in Crimea on October 9. (Alexey Pavlishak/Reuters)

Another train passed over the Kerch Bridge, traveling from Sevastopol to Saint Petersburg, following the explosion which severely damaged parts of the road and rail bridge between annexed Crimea and the Russian mainland, the Russian state media TASS.

The first passenger services resumed the bridge on Saturday, traveling from the Crimean Peninsula to Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia, the Russian Transport Ministry said in a statement.

Some road traffic has also resumed, according to the Russian-appointed deputy head of Ukraine’s occupied Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, who said on Sunday that “there is no threat of an interruption in the food supply in the Kherson region due to the rapid recovery of traffic”. on the Crimean Bridge.”

However, heavy trucks, vans and buses travel on ferries.

About 100 vans and trucks and around 650 passengers have passed through the Kerch Strait since the explosion, TASS reported on Sunday, citing Crimean authorities. Ferries for light and heavy vehicles have already made several trips overnight and on Sundays.

TASS also reported that a line of around 200 cars has formed in Krasnodar, Russia, where the ferry to Crimea departs from. Passenger buses also depart by ferry and can bypass the lines.

Repairs : On Saturday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin said repair work on the bridge would be carried out around the clock. He added that a damage survey will be carried out during the day and Russian divers will check all supports. from the bridge on Sunday morning.

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