Putin Officially Opens Massive Bridge Linking Crimea To Russia

Frederick Owens
May 16, 2018

Earlier media reported that one of the first who will pass through the Crimean bridge, will be the Night wolves bikers, close to the Kremlin. The ceremony will be held with the participation of Vladimir Putin.

"In different historical eras, even under the tsar, people were dreaming of building this bridge", Putin told cheering workers.

The president crossed the bridge driving the Kamaz truck.

Putin, at the wheel of a heavy KAMAZ truck, drove the full 19 km (12 miles) across the bridge from the Kerch Strait, which some Russians call "Putin's bridge" and which is created to link Crimea into Russia's transport network.

After Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the peninsula found itself between a rock and a hard place.

The bridge will have a maximum speed of circulation of about 90 kilometers per hour and from tomorrow on it will be officially opened for the circulation of cars and buses.

European Union member states made a decision to impose travel bans and asset freezes on five individuals, who held positions in electoral commissions in Crimea, which the European Union considers "actively supporting and implementing policies that undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine".

The spokesperson of the European External Action Service said in a statement on Tuesday the bridge was "another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity".

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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the elections in occupied Crimea is a gross violation of worldwide law and called for increased sanctions pressure on the Kremlin.

Many in Russia saw the bridge as a move toward restoring Moscow's rule over a historically Russian region.

Built at a cost of 228 billion rubles ($3.69 billion), the new structure connects the southern Krasnodar region with the Crimean city of Kerch, spanning a strait between the Black Sea and the Azov Sea.

"Putin initiated this project himself".

"Putin once more demonstrated that when he carries them out, even the most ambitious plans can be achieved", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Tuesday.

"This is an extremely important day from this point of view and in a practical sense and in symbolic terms".

The four-lane road bridge is opening ahead of schedule as it was due to be completed in December.

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