Putin opens Crimean Bridge

  • Putin opens Crimean Bridge

Putin opens Crimean Bridge

Russian President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated the automobile part of the newly-built Kerch Strait Bridge, APA reported citing TASS.

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.

Putin, at the wheel of an orange heavy KAMAZ dump-truck, drove 19 km (12 miles) across the bridge from the Kerch Strait.

At a ceremony broadcast live on state TV, Putin, dressed in blue jeans, was met by cheering workers on the Crimean side.

Putin thanked the organizers of the project, who put the interests of the state over those of particular groups, the sappers, ecologists, scientists and other sectors involved.

15 may opening ceremony of the physical connection of the Crimea with the mainland Russian Federation to the Crimean bridge. "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.

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Putin attended the official bridge opening ceremony on May 15.

"The Russian occupying powers, which have temporarily occupied Crimea, are continuing to act outside global law", Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman told AFP in an interview. But many in Russia saw the move as restoring Moscow's rule over a historically Russian region.

The cost of the project is estimated at around 228 billion rubles (about 3.6 billion US dollars), according to the project's website.

Putin, who was re-elected for a fourth Kremlin term in March extending his long rule, pledged to build more of "such projects" across Russian Federation. "Many didn't believe these plans were possible", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday ahead of the ceremony.

The opening of the bridge comes a day before general traffic will be allowed. He inspected the bridge in March ahead of the presidential election he won, saying it was important to have the link to the Black Sea peninsula open for the summer tourist season.