Crimean Bridge to be open for trucks from October 1

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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 Russian Federation has constructed the Kerch Bridge to the Crimean Peninsula without Ukraine's consent. 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.

Recall, may 15, Russian Federation was officially opened by the Crimean Kerch Strait bridge.

After driving a Kamaz truck for nearly 20 minutes, which was part of a column of vehicles that crossed the bridge for the first time, Putin considered that the entire country worked in its construction.

On Tuesday, May 15, at about 2:00 p.m., the grand opening of the Crimean bridge will take place.

The president crossed the bridge driving the Kamaz truck.

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The bridge makes us stronger and closer to one another, in addition to helping to accelerate the levels of economic development of Crimea, stressed the Russian president, who personally inspected the work in several of its construction stages.

The European Union also criticised what it called a fresh assault on Ukraine's territorial integrity. Some Russians are calling it "Putin's bridge", created to link Crimea into Russia's transport network.

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

European Union and USA sanctions have targeted those involved in the bridge, principally Putin's close ally, businessman Arkady Rotenberg, whose company Stroygazmontazh won the construction contract.

After Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the peninsula found itself between a rock and a hard place.

The blocks imposed by Kiev and Western sanctions have meant a large amount of food is transported from Russian Federation to Crimea by ship, meaning the bridge will play an important role in reducing the region's reliance on sea transport. Once it opens for traffic on Wednesday, it will be able to carry up to 40,000 cars per day. It was originally expected to open in December but was finished ahead of schedule. A connecting highway from Kerch to the regional capital of Simferopol is set for completion in 2020.

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