Russian President Vladimir Putin (second from left) visited the Kechi Bridge on the 5th.

(Associated Press)

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] The "Kechi Bridge" connecting the Crimea Peninsula and the Russian mainland exploded in the early morning of October 8, causing part of the bridge deck to collapse. Russia is rushing to repair the Kechi Bridge.

Nearly two months after the incident, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Kechi Bridge on the 5th and personally drove to confirm the condition of the bridge.

According to comprehensive foreign media reports, Putin was accompanied by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin to inspect the site, and Putin drove across the bridge himself.

Putin said that the left side of the bridge is still being repaired and it will take some time to complete the repair work. "We need the Kechi Bridge to return to its ideal state."

Putin also listened to Kusnulin explain the progress of the bridge repair work and talked with construction workers at the scene.

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Putin then walked along the bridge deck and inspected parts of the bridge that had been charred by the explosion.

Agence France-Presse reported that the visit to the Kechi Bridge was Putin's closest trip to the front line of the war since Russia sent troops to invade Ukraine on February 24.

Foreign media pointed out that Putin's trip is the closest to the front line since Russia invaded Ukraine.

(Associated Press)