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Putin Drives a Truck over New Crimea Bridge, Army of Trucks Follow

Putin Drives a Truck over New Crimea Bridge, Army of Trucks Follow

Saying "A miracle has come true", Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a bridge linking Russia with Crimea yesterday.

Built at a cost of $3.6 billion, the bridge will be the longest dual-purpose span in Europe.

The blocks imposed by Kiev and Western sanctions have meant a large amount of food is transported from Russian Federation to Crimea by ship, meaning the bridge will play an important role in reducing the region's reliance on sea transport. While protesters in Kievousted a Ukrainian government that had U-turned on a lucrative trade deal because of pressure from Moscow, Russian forces took Crimea under their own jurisdiction. The Crimean Bridge originates on the Taman Peninsula, runs through a five-kilometer dike area and the Island of Tuzla, then crosses the Kerch Strait and reaches the Crimean coast.

On Tuesday morning, Vladimir Putin himself drove an orange Kamax truck across the bridge, successfully inaugurating the bridge route for the traffic. The Kremlin said it would be opened to cars Wednesday, while the rail section will be completed at the end of 2019.

"This is an excellent result that has made Crimea and the legendary Sevastopol stronger and brought us closer". Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko slammed Putin's action calling it, "The illegal construction of the Kerch bridge is the latest evidence of the Kremlin's disregard for global law".

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Putin Officially Opens Massive Bridge Linking Crimea To Russia

Construction began shortly after Russia unilaterally annexed Crimea in 2014, at the outset of the conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. "Many didn't believe these plans were possible", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday ahead of the ceremony. A parallel railway bridge will be ready late next year.

When they were still friends, back in 1994, Russian Federation and Ukraine tried to work together on a bridge project, but this idea failed too.

In March elections, Russians overwhelmingly voted for Putin to serve a fourth Kremlin term, but an opinion poll by the independent Levada centre found 45 percent of the population think he is failing to ensure that the country's oil and gas revenues trickle down to benefit ordinary people.

On March 18, President Vladimir Putin signed the treaty on Crimea's reunification with Russian Federation and the Federal Assembly (parliament) approved the document on March 21.

Israeli missiles shot down in Syria
Iran appeared determined not to be drawn into a wider regional conflict with Israel during the sensitive negotiations. For years, Iranian proxies have attacked Israel, but this time , Israel is directly blaming Iran for the attack.


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