Putin opens controversial 19km bridge to Crimea

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Putin opens controversial 19km bridge to Crimea

The bridge capacity is 40,000 cars and 47 pairs of trains per day, 14 million passengers and 13 million tons of cargo per year.

Meanwhile, Ukraine's security service raided the offices of Russian state media in Kiev and detained one journalist, moves the chief editor of Russia's RT television suggested were linked to the bridge opening.

Vladimir Putin attended the opening ceremony for the Crimean Bridge motorway and drove the lead vehicle in a construction equipment convoy.

Zakharova said that previous reports by Western and Ukrainian media, alleging that the Crimean bridge construction "is a fake and maybe even a result of some kind of computer graphics", demonstrate that "all this flow of hoaxes just can not be trusted". "It is particularly cynical that its opening is happening on the eve of the latest anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean-Tatar people by the Stalin regime", he added.

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Ukraine, which along with most of the worldwide community has not recognised Russia's annexation of Crimea, condemned the project. The Crimean Bridge originates on the Taman Peninsula, runs through a five-kilometer dike area and the Island of Tuzla, then crosses the Kerch Strait and reaches the Crimean coast. A railway bridge is due to be completed by the end of 2019.

Putin inspected the bridge in March ahead of the presidential election he won by a landslide, saying it was important to have the link to the Black Sea peninsula open for the summer tourist season. Crimea's only other land crossing leads into Ukraine and, until now, vehicles traveling from Russian Federation have had to rely on ferries across the strait that are frequently interrupted by bad weather. Putin's move drew global sanctions and led to a deterioration in ties with the West.

"The Russian occupying powers, which have temporarily occupied Crimea, are continuing to act outside worldwide law", Volodymyr told the French news agency.

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