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Putin’s bridge of dreams explodes in flames

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It was a media extravaganza, Putin-style

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Vladimir Putin drove an orange dump truck flying Russian flags across a portion of the Crimean Bridge in 2018

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 proudly inaugurating a 12-mile colossus of steel and concrete connecting the Crimean Peninsula

he illegally annexed from Ukraine to mainland Russia

he illegally annexed from Ukraine to mainland Russia

At the end of the ride, he was met with cheers and applause.

While parts of the bridge reportedly reopened to traffic a few hours after the explosion

Dmitry Peskov said the government didn’t have a timeline for making the bridge fully functional again

Ukraine, while not taking credit publicly for the blast