Kerch Bridge is another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty

Kerch Bridge is another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty

Kerch Bridge is another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty

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.

On May 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the opening ceremony of the automotive section of the Crimean Bridge - a super 19-kilometre-long construction from mainland Russia to the Crimean Peninsula.

The president crossed the bridge driving the Kamaz truck.

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.

Another unsuccessful attempt was made in the 1930s under Joseph Stalin. During World War II the occupying Nazis also began building a bridge but abandoned the project.

"Putin initiated this project himself".

The bridge surpasses the Vasco de Gama bridge in Portugal as the longest in Europe. The bridge across the Kerch Strait consists of parallel road and railway sections.

The controversial Crimean Bridge has been finished six months early and will link Russia's southern Krasnodar region with the Crimean city of Kerch. "Let me remind you, on my behalf to the Arbitration Tribunal of the UN Convention on the law of the sea was filed on protecting the sovereign interests of Ukraine, in particular, in connection with the illegal construction of the bridge Kerch", - said Poroshenko.

British Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan said it was "a further example of Russia's reckless behaviour".

European Union and United States sanctions have targeted those involved in building the bridge, principally Putin's close ally, businessman Arkady Rotenberg, whose company Stroygazmontazh won the construction contract. 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. Vehicle traffic on the bridge will start on may 16 at 5.30 am.

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