President Vladimir Putin on Monday drove a Mercedes throughout the Crimean Bridge linking southern Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula, a lot less than two months considering the fact that an explosion tore via 1 of the Kremlin chief’s showcase infrastructure assignments.

The 12-mile (19 km) highway and rail bridge, which was personally opened by Putin in 2018, was bombed on Oct. 8 in an assault Russia claimed was carried out by Ukraine.

Putin, accompanied by Deputy Primary Minister Marat Khusnullin, was shown on state television guiding the wheel of a Mercedes, inquiring thoughts about exactly where the attack took place.

“We are driving on the appropriate hand aspect,” Putin claimed, as he drove throughout the bridge. “The left aspect of the bridge, as I understand it, is in operating problem, but nonetheless it requirements to be completed. It nonetheless suffered a minor, we need to have to provide it to an excellent condition.”

Putin also walked along sections of the bridge, Europe’s biggest, to examine sections that are however visibly scorched.

Ukraine hardly ever claimed obligation for the bombing of the bridge on the morning of Oct. 8, a day immediately after Putin’s 70th birthday. Russia’s Federal Security Support reported the assault was organised by Ukrainian army intelligence.

The explosion wrecked one particular section of the highway bridge, briefly halting targeted visitors throughout the Kerch Strait. The blast also ruined a number of fuel tankers on a teach heading in the direction of the annexed Crimean peninsula from neighbouring southern Russia.

Russia in 2014 annexed Crimea, which was transferred from Soviet Russia to Soviet Ukraine in 1954 by then Soviet chief Nikita Khrushchev and recognised by Russia in 1994 after the collapse of the USSR.

Ukraine has vowed to return Crimea, which relies on the bridge for materials.

Putin’s ally Arkady Rotenberg’s corporation constructed the huge construction, which is Europe’s longest bridge. Putin has lengthy lauded the undertaking, boasting at one particular point that Russian Tsars and Soviet leaders had dreamed of building it but in no way did.