Moment nervous Putin tightly grips wheel as he 'drives on wrecked Crimea bridge' in bid to conceal crippled war machine | The Sun

VLADIMIR Putin has shared a video of himself driving over a crucial bridge between Crimea and Russia – three months after it was wiped out in a Ukrainian airstrike.

Russian state media posted the footage of Vlad behind the wheel as he crossed the Crimean Bridge, a vital corridor between Russia and the illegally-annexed Ukrainian territory.

"The head of state got behind the wheel and personally drove across the bridge," pro-Putin news agency RIA Novosti wrote.

In the short clip, he is seen tightly gripping the wheel as he and Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin drove over the bridge.

The PR stunt comes just under three months after a Ukrainian airstrike took out the bridge, amid Putin's chaotic invasion.

Built in 2014, just months after Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, the 11-mile-long bridge cost £3.2billion and was Putin's prized project.

It featured a parallel road and rail crossing spanning the Kerch Strait, making it the longest bridge in Europe.

But on October 8, a mystery blast wrecked much of the Kerch crossing, taking out a section of the road bridge and sending it collapsing into the Black Sea.

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