Russia-Crimea bridge to be opened by Vladimir Putin

Russia-Crimea bridge to be opened by Vladimir Putin

Crimea is popular among Russians as a summer holiday destination and Putin said in March he would like the bridge to be ready for the season. The massive bridge will help reduce Crimea's reliance on sea transport.

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

About 10,000 workers participated in the work, a figure that at peak moments of the construction works reached the 15,000, while some 220 national companies contributed to the so-called work of the century, said the president visibly moved. "Particularly cynical is the fact that its discovery comes on the eve of the anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people by the Stalinist regime", - wrote Poroshenko.

Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, drawing sanctions and prompting a deterioration in ties with the West.

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

"Putin initiated this project himself. Many didn't believe these plans were possible", Kremlin spokesperson 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".

It had been expected to be fully constructed by the end of 2018 but has been completed six months ahead of schedule and will be open to traffic on May 16, according to a Kremlin statement.

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.

The controversial Crimean Bridge has been finished six months early and will link Russia's southern Krasnodar region with the Crimean city of Kerch.

He stressed that despite the futile attempts of Moscow to legitimize temporary occupation of Crimea, a coherent solution to a number of worldwide jurisdictions confirm - "the burden of the ideal global crime for Russian Federation will only grow".

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