Russians will need bridge over Kerch Strait when they abandon Crimea, - Poroshenko
15 May, 2018, 22:45 | Author: Donnie King
This was written by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on his page in Facebook on Tuesday, may 15.
'It's especially cynical that the bridge is opened shortly before the anniversary of the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars, conducted by the Stalinist regime (May 18, 1944 - 112 International)', he wrote.
The annexation of the peninsula in 2014 was condemned by Kiev and the West as an illegal land grab but applauded in Russian Federation.
The European Commission said in a statement that the building of the bridge was an "another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by Russian Federation", adding that the new bridge will also hinder the access of Ukrainian shipping to Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated the automobile part of the newly-built Kerch Strait Bridge, APA reported citing TASS.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has welcomed the decision by the Council of the European Union to impose sanctions against five persons responsible for illegally holding a Russian presidential election in the occupied Crimea and Sevastopol.
Ukraine has condemned the project, which cost 228 billion rubles ($3.7 billion).
The construction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait between the Black and Azov seas started in 2015 following the incorporation of the former Ukrainian republic in 2014 and consequent deterioration of relations between Moscow and Kiev. "Many didn't believe these plans were possible", Kremlin spokesman told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the ceremony.
Putin, whose popularity rose drastically after Russian Federation invaded and occupied Crimea in the spring of 2014, personally oversaw the project, which started in 2015.
Ukraine, which along with most of the global community has not recognised Russia's annexation of Crimea, condemned the project, which was personally championed by Putin. The bridge was finished months ahead of the deadline, which had been set for the end of the year. Once it opens for traffic on Wednesday, it will be able to carry up to 40,000 cars per day.
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