TASS said that the traffic on the road and railway parts of the bridge has been stopped, and Russia is preparing to launch a ferry across the Kerch Strait. RIA Novosti, another Russian state news agency, said a fuel tank was on fire on the bridge.
Russian media also reported that all trains from Russia to Crimea had been canceled due to the fire, and the sale of train tickets to the peninsula had been suspended.
The Crimean Bridge was illegally constructed by Russia following its invasion and occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula in 2014.
The damage inflicted on the bridge could further complicate the Russian military's already disrupted supply chains in the south of Ukraine, as Kyiv continues to conduct its counteroffensive in the area.
Eyewitnesses’ photos and videos of the fiercely burning Crimean Bridge show that a massive explosion hit it on the span that carries railway traffic.
However, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that “there are still no forecasts” for restoring the Crimean Bridge, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported.
The Russian union of insurers estimated the damage from the explosion at 200-500 million rubles ($1.4-3.6 million).
Following the explosion, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of Ukraine's President’s Office, wrote on Twitter that “everything illegal must be destroyed, everything stolen must be returned to Ukraine, everything occupied by Russia must be expelled.”
In August, Podolyak said that the Crimean Bridge should be destroyed as a legitimate military target.
Ukrainska Pravda, an online newspaper, cited law enforcement sources as saying that Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) is behind the explosion.
The SBU indirectly confirmed the report. "The bridge is burning beautifully at dawn. A nightingale is meeting the SBU in Crimea," the SBU quipped, paraphrasing Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko.