Crimean bridge explosion: FSB says it arrested eight suspects

Crimean bridge explosion: FSB says it arrested eight suspects

The Russian Security Services (FSB) said on Wednesday they had arrested eight people suspected of taking part in the Crimean Bridge bombing, while ensuring they foiled two planned attacks also blamed on Kyiv. In a press release, the FSB confirms that five Russians and “three Ukrainian and Armenian citizens” have been arrested as part of the investigation into the “attack” that targeted the bridge last Saturday, with no further details on these last three suspects.

Explosives sent by boat from Odessa

“The explosive device was hidden in 22 pallets of plastic film rolls with a total weight of 22,770 kilos,” said the FSB. According to this source, the explosives were sent by boat from the port of Odessa in Ukraine to Ruse in Bulgaria in early August. They then passed through the port of Poti, Georgia, and were then shipped to Armenia before arriving in Russia by road, according to the FSB.

Russian services claim that the explosive device entered Russia on October 4 in a Georgian-registered truck before reaching Russia’s Krasnodar region on the Crimean border on October 6. The FSB claims that this “terrorist attack” was organized by the Ukrainian military intelligence service, which ensured that an agent from Kyiv coordinated the transport of explosives and was in contact with the various intermediaries.

An important communication route for Moscow

On Saturday, a powerful explosion severely damaged the Crimean Bridge, which connects the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow to the rest of Russian territory. However, traffic on this important communication route for Moscow was then partially resumed. Russian authorities claim that a truck bomb is the cause of the explosion. In response, Russia carried out massive bombing raids on Ukraine on Monday and Tuesday.

In two other press releases on Wednesday, the FSB also said it had foiled two assassination attempts in Russia attributed to the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU).

Ukrainians accused of bringing two rocket launchers

The FSB claims to have detained a Ukrainian citizen accused of transporting two Igla portable rocket launchers, a Soviet-designed weapon, from Kyiv and via Estonia to Russia. According to the FSB, these machines were to be used for “acts of sabotage and terror” in the Moscow region.

Russian security services also said they arrested another Ukrainian who crossed the Estonian border into Russia from Kyiv. According to the FSB, he wanted to bomb a logistics center in Briansk, a Russian city near the Ukrainian border.


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