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News Trucker Putin opens Russian bridge to annexed Crimea

17:16  17 may  2018
17:16  17 may  2018 Source:   autoblog.com

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Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, drawing sanctions and prompting a deterioration in ties with the West. Many in Russia saw the move as restoring Moscow’s rule over a historically Russian region. Built at a cost of 223 billion roubles (.60 billion), the bridge will be the longest dual-purpose

By Gleb Stolyarov THE KERCH STRAIT (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin , driving a truck , unveiled the auto section of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula on Tuesday

KERCH STRAIT, Crimea — Russian President Vladimir Putin is fond of activities that accentuate his manliness, like bare-chested horseback riding, not-bare-chested polar exploration, and promoting the Russian limousine and wicked-looking armored car industries. Now he has taken on the role of trucker to unveil a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula.

Putin, at the wheel of an orange heavy KAMAZ dump truck drove 12 miles across the bridge from the Kerch Strait. Some Russians are calling it "Putin's bridge," designed to link Crimea into Russia's transport network. Russia built the bridge in defiance of Ukraine, which said the move showed cynical disregard for international law.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin itook on the role of trucker to unveil a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, drawing sanctions and prompting a deterioration in ties with the West. Many in Russia saw the move

Russian President Vladimir Putin , driving a truck , unveiled the auto section of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula on Tuesday, defying Ukraine which said the move showed cynical disregard for international law. Putin , at the wheel of an orange heavy KAMAZ.

At a ceremony broadcast live on state TV, Putin, dressed in blue jeans, was met by cheering workers on the Crimean side after driving the truck in a convoy of vehicles.

"At last, thanks to your talent, this project, this miracle, has happened," Putin told the workers.

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In Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said: "The illegal construction of the Kerch bridge is the latest evidence of the Kremlin's disregard for international law.

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Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, drawing sanctions and prompting a deterioration in ties with the West. Many in Russia saw the move as restoring Moscow's rule over a historically Russian region. Built at a cost of 223 billion roubles (.60 billion), the bridge will be the longest dual-purpose

Russian President Vladimir Putin , driving a truck , unveiled the auto section of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula on Tuesday, defying Ukraine which said the move showed cynical disregard for international law.

"It is particularly cynical that its opening is happening on the eve of the latest anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean-Tatar people by the Stalin regime."

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, drawing sanctions and prompting a deterioration in ties with the West. Many in Russia saw the move as restoring Moscow's rule over a historically Russian region.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a bridge that connects Crimea to Russia , saying, "A miracle has come true," on Tuesday. The 12-mile bridge embodies Putin 's achievement of "reunification," whereby Russia , flexing its military might, annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

Russian President Vladimir Putin , driving a truck , unveiled the auto section of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula on Tuesday, defying Ukraine which said the move showed cynical disregard for international law.

Built at a cost of 223 billion roubles ($3.6 billion), the bridge will be the longest dual-purpose span in Europe. The Kremlin said it would be opened to cars on Wednesday, and the rail section was due to be completed at the end of 2019.

"Putin initiated this project himself. Many didn't believe these plans were possible," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the ceremony.

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

The road stretch of the bridge was due to be completed by the end of 2018, but the opening was brought forward at Putin's request.

Putin inspected the bridge in March ahead of the presidential election he won by a landslide, saying it was important to have the link to the Black Sea peninsula open for the summer tourist season.

The opening ceremony drew criticism from the West.

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Russia established a physical link to Crimea , the Black Sea peninsula it seized from Ukraine in 2014, by opening a 12-mile bridge from the mainland. The 12-mile bridge , pictured during construction in April, connects the Russian mainland with the Crimean peninsula.CreditCreditPavel Rebrov/Reuters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin personally drove a Kamaz trip- truck , heading a column of construction vehicles, across the newly- opened bridge connecting mainland Russia with Crimean Peninsula. The column of trucks , cranes and other

"France condemns the construction by Russia of the Kerch Bridge, which deprives Ukraine of full access and the use of its internationally recognized territorial waters," a French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert in a statement on Tuesday said the "bridge serves as a reminder of Russia's ongoing willingness to flout international law" and said it was an attempt by Russia "to solidify its unlawful seizure and its occupation of Crimea" and impede navigation of the Kerch Strait.

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."

"The European Union continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia and will not recognize this violation of international law," the spokesperson said.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov


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