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Ukraine protests against launch of Kerch bridge in Russian-occupied Crimea

15 May, 2018, 22:46 | Author: Ted Wilson
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Ukraine claims the bridge will also prevent large ships from passing through to the country's ports on the Azov Sea.

The Council of the European Union chose to impose sanctions against five individuals for election of the President of Russian Federation to the annexed Crimea, said President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

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.

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

"The European Union continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russian Federation and will not recognize this violation of worldwide law", the European Union stressed.

Sarcastically, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the new bridge "will definitely be handy for the occupants when they have to urgently leave our Crimea".

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The annexation of the peninsula in 2014 was condemned by Kiev and the West as an illegal land grab.

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

This is said in a statement made by the European External Action Service on Tuesday.

The opening of the bridge comes a day before general traffic will be allowed.

The bridge is set to be opened to cars on Wednesday. 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.

In celebration, Russian authorities organized pop concerts at both ends of the bridge, events that recalled the massive pro-Kremlin celebrations held in Simferopol and Moscow in 2014 after the invasion and start of the Russian occupation of Crimea.

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