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Ukrainians blew the Kerch Bridge:

A fireball erupted on Saturday on the sole bridge linking the Crimean Peninsula to the Russian mainland, and at least part of the crossing collapsed into the sea, imperiling the primary supply route for Russian troops fighting in the south of Ukraine.

The 12-mile-long Kerch Strait Bridge has become an important symbol of the claims that Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, makes to the peninsula, which his forces seized from Ukraine in 2014. Mr. Putin presided over the opening of the bridge in 2018, personally driving a truck across.

The extent of the damage was difficult to immediately assess, though any impediment to traffic on the bridge could have a profound effect on Russia’s ability to wage war in southern Ukraine.

Here’s some footage. No indication whatsoever what did the damage, with speculation involving a missile strike, a drone strike, or a truck bomb. Obviously not gonna chill out anyone’s concerns about escalation. Cheryl, Dan and I have been trying to find the time to do a pod for the last week, hopefully we’ll manage shortly.

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