There may be more than 50,000 tourists in total in Crimea, of which approximately 4,000 were supposed to leave Crimea on Saturday – this is how the ATOR described the situation. At least these 4,000 tourists were hit by an explosion on the Crimean Bridge — the tourists could neither enter nor leave. However, by the evening of Saturday, traffic on the bridge was restored, while one lane was in reverse. On Saturday, they promise to open two-lane traffic, as well as restore the train schedule.
We will remind you that according to the official information announced by the National Anti-Terrorist Committee of the Russian Federation, at 6:07 a.m. on Saturday, a truck with explosives was detonated on the road part of the Crimean Bridge from the side of the Taman Peninsula. The explosion caused the detonation of fuel tanks in the railway depot. Two car spans of the crossing, in the direction from Taman to Crimea, have partially collapsed.
As experts in the Russian Federation stated, citing the number of tourists in Crimea, the bombing of the Crimean bridge, which will most likely be recognized as a terrorist attack, will have almost no effect on tourism in Crimea: the tourist season on the peninsula is over – the velvet season has come to an end. Nevertheless, in a statement issued in the morning by the head of the occupation authorities, Serhiy Aksyonov, the head of Crimea, the authorities persistently asked hotels and sanatoriums to extend the stay of guests at the expense of the Crimean budget. “I ask the hoteliers and managers of sanatoriums to extend the stay within the next day for the guests whose time of stay in the accommodation facility has expired. All costs will be compensated at the expense of the Republic of Crimea. The order of compensation will be announced on Monday. This position has been agreed, including with the Government of the city of Sevastopol and directly with the governor of Sevastopol Mykhailo Volodymyrovych Rozvozhaev.” As a result, it turned out that it was only about one free night.
However, likely, tourists will not need further hospitality, around 18:00 an official statement of the Crimean authorities appeared, in which it was reported that the bridge was opened for the movement of buses and cars – so far “in reverse” on one lane. At the same time, they promise to restore two-lane traffic from Sunday.