On August 21, Bulgaria's Defense Minister Todor Tagarev visited Odesa and met with Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov. After the official talks, the two ministers gave a joint press conference. Minister Tagarev expressed gratitude for the warm welcome in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of personal contact for strengthening bilateral cooperation.
Traffic on the key bridge connecting Crimea to Russia's mainland has been halted amid reports of explosions.
The health ministry in Russia's Krasnodar region, which lies at the eastern end of the bridge, said two people were killed in an unspecified accident on the bridge and their daughter was injured.