Explosion Rocks Russia's Prized Kerch Strait Bridge Leading To Crimea

Images from Saturday morning show many train cars completely consumed in flames and two spans.

the road bridge submerged in water as a large fire burns on the Kirch Strait Bridge connecting Russia to Crimea.

According to reports, traffic on the bridge, a crucial strategic route for Russian soldiers in Crimea during their conflict with Ukraine,

has been stopped as intense flames and black smoke are spewing from a train carrying an unidentified cargo.

Photos further reveal that near the on fire train, spans of both the eastbound and westbound lanes had fallen into the river.

The bridge was one of Ukraine's top objectives and cost billions to construct after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014,

despite the fact that it lacked conventional weapons that could be used to attack it from a great distance.

Even the Pentagon has publicly said that it believes Ukrainian forces may successfully target the bridge. In an effort to defend itself from an assault in recent months, Russia has set up air defences and decoy barges.