Putin opens new bridge to Crimea, provoking Ukraine, Western ire

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

Russian President Vladimir Putin drove a Kamaz truck across a brand new, controversial bridge to Crimea without wearing a seat belt, which an observer noted is against the law in Russia. Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine posted this on Facebook.

"The illegal construction of the Kerch bridge is the latest evidence of the Kremlin's disregard for global law", Poroshenko said.

Found a spelling error? "Crimea has now been linked to Russian Federation". "This is a major event for the country after Russia's reunification with the Crimea", Sergei Tsekov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. Some Russians are calling it "Putin's bridge", created to link Crimea into Russia's transport network.

The bridge surpasses the Vasco de Gama bridge in Portugal as the longest in Europe. A special service will be established to protect both the surface and the underwater elements of the bridge.

Because of blocks imposed by Kiev, in addition to Western sanctions, a large amount of food is now shipped to the peninsula from Russian Federation, so the bridge will play an important role in reducing the region's reliance on sea transport. The massive bridge will help reduce Crimea's reliance on sea transport.

Ukraine, which along with most of the worldwide community has not recognised Russia's annexation of Crimea, condemned the project.

The chief editor of the Kremlin-funded channel, Margarita Simonyan, wrote on Twitter that "Kiev chose to take revenge on us for the Crimean Bridge", after the raids on the offices of RIA Novosti state news agency, which is part of the same media group as RT. Its span stretches across 19 kilometers. The bridge across the Kerch Strait consists of parallel road and railway sections. The presidential motorcade traveled some distance away on the other half of the four-lane bridge. The estimated speed of passenger trains along the bridge is 120 kilometres per hour, the speed for freight trains is 80 kilometres per hour.

Pakistani superhero film 'Ms Marvel' in the making
Senate Democrats urge Trump to focus on US over China