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Deadly Russian strike following bridge blast

(CNN) - Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are escalating, after a new round of Russian strikes hit a Ukrainian city early Sunday and killed at least 12 people.

The strike comes after a blast that damaged a symbolic bridge linking a Moscow-controlled region of Ukraine with the Russian mainland.

Six Russian cruise and anti-aircraft missiles in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia have killed at least 12 people and injured at least 87 others including 10 children.

"That's about the only thing the Russians are good at as they displayed so far in their invasion is attacking civilian infrastructure or civilian dwellings," James Clapper, Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, spoke.

Kerch Bridge attack

This latest attack happened hours after a massive explosion damaged the Kerch Bridge. The Kerch Bridge is the only direct road and rail connection linking the annexed Crimea and the Russian mainland.

New satellite images are giving us a closer look at the damage. However, Russia says it is resuming some car and train service.

"It was connecting these these two places that Putin said you know would be together forever as he took over that part of Ukraine," Jill Dougherty, Adjunct Professor of Georgetown University said.

Ukrainian Response

While Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the blast, it has publicly celebrated it.

Ukraine’s post office is releasing new stamps showing the damage to the bridge.

They are liking it with the sinking of the Titanic.

"Ukrainians are massively trolling Russia but it's very serious... Because it kind of unleashes this idea that Ukraine is hitting at the Heartland of Russia," Dougherty explained.

Russian Security Council meeting

Russian president Vladimir Putin is meeting with his country's security council on Monday.

Both Ukraine and allies worry further direct retaliation is ahead, pointing to Putin's threats to use nuclear weapons.

"He has a lot of weapons at his disposal. And you can't dismiss entirely uh, that possibility. So that's that's obviously the concern everybody has," Clapper detailed.

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