Kerch Bridge is another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty
Kerch Bridge is another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty
Putin to open mega bridge linking Crimea to Russia
15 May, 2018, 22:40
Ukraine said the move showed cynical disregard for global law.
In March 1943, Hitler ordered the construction of a road and railway bridge over the Kerch Strait within six months, but Nazi forces had to retreat in September the same year, leaving the bridge unfinished.
The Crimean bridge stands nearly complete.
"At last, thanks to your talent this project, this miracle has happened", Putin told the crowd of workers. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the elections in occupied Crimea is a gross violation of global law and called for increased sanctions pressure on the Kremlin.
The illegal construction of the Kerch bridge is the latest evidence of the Kremlin's disregard for worldwide law.
'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.
A view of the new bridge linking Russian Federation and the Crimean peninsula prior to its opening ceremony near Kerch, Crimea, May 15, 2018.
The annexation of the peninsula in 2014 was condemned by Kiev and the West as an illegal land grab but applauded in Russian Federation.
Opening the bridge across the Kerch Strait is an attempt to legitimize the annexation of part of Ukraine's territory.
"France condemns the construction by Russian Federation of the Kerch Bridge, which deprives Ukraine of full access and the use of its internationally recognized territorial waters", a French foreign ministry spokesperson said.
This is said in a statement made by the European External Action Service on Tuesday.
"The Russian occupying powers, which have temporarily occupied Crimea, are continuing to act outside global law", Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said.
The cost of the project is estimated at around 228 billion rubles (about 3.6 billion US dollars), according to the project's website.
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.
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.
"Putin once more demonstrated that when he carries them out, even the most ambitious plans can be achieved", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Tuesday.
The opening of the bridge comes a day before general traffic will be allowed.
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