A giant explosion ripped across the Crimean Bridge, a strategic link between mainland Russia and Crimea

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in what appeared to be a stunning blow early Saturday to a symbol of President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions to control Ukraine.

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The damage to the bridge, which provided a road and rail connection between Russia and the Ukrainian peninsula that the Kremlin illegally annexed in 2014

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is a setback to Russia’s war effort in Ukraine, disrupting a crucial supply route and prompting new criticism, in public, about Putin’s handling of the war

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Alexander Kots, a pro-Kremlin correspondent for Komsomolskaya Pravda, urged the country’s commanders to emulate Ukraine’s war-fighting philosophy

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Nothing is impossible,” he wrote, “the Ukrainians show us.”

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While limited vehicle and rail traffic resumed hours after the explosion, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged

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the government had no timeline for restoring the 12-mile bridge to a fully operational status. Story continues below advertisement

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The bridge explosion follows weeks of bad news for Russians about Ukrainian military successes, including the liberation of Russian-occupied territory

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