Putin Drives Dump Truck Across $3.6 Billion Bridge He Built To Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled the auto section of a $3.6 billion (223 billion rouble) road-and-rail bridge over the Kersch Strait on Tuesday linking Russia to the Crimean peninsula - much to the consternation of Ukrainian officials who said the bridge showed "disregard for international law." 

The bridge will be the longest dual-purpose span bridge in Europe, with the rail section expected to be completed at the end of 2019. 

The road stretch of the bridge was due to be completed by the end of 2018, but the opening was moved up at Putin's request. 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. -CBC

"Putin initiated this project himself. Many didn't believe these plans were possible," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday before the ceremony, adding "This is an extremely important day from this point of view and in a practical sense and in symbolic terms."

Putin drove the Russian-made KAMAZ dump truck in a convoy of vehicles across the 19-kilometre [11.8 mile] bridge over the Kerch Strait. Some Russians are calling it "Putin's bridge," designed to link Crimea into Russia's transport network. -CBC

Putin, dressed in blue jeans, was met by cheering workers on the Crimean side who he told "At last, thanks to your talent, this project, this miracle, has happened."  

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko slammed Putin's actions from Kiev.

"The illegal construction of the Kerch bridge is the latest evidence of the Kremlin's disregard for international law," Poroshenko said, adding "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."

Meanwhile, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the United States condemns the construction and partial opening of the bridge, which it says was done "without the permission of the government of #Ukraine. Crimea is Ukraine." 

The United States condemns Russia’s construction and partial opening of the Kerch Strait Bridge between Russia and occupied Crimea, which was done without the permission of the government of Ukraine. Crimea is part of Ukraine. Russia’s construction of the bridge serves as a reminder of Russia’s ongoing willingness to flout international law.

The bridge represents not only an attempt by Russia to solidify its unlawful seizure and its occupation of Crimea, but also impedes navigation by limiting the size of ships that can transit the Kerch Strait, the only path to reach Ukraine’s territorial waters in the Sea of Azov. We call on Russia not to impede this shipping. -US Department of State

The bridge also drew criticism from Europe, after the French foreign ministry said "France condemns the construction by Russia of the Kerch Bridge, which deprives Ukraine of full access and the use of its internationally recognized territorial waters." Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the European External Action Service said on Tuesday that the bridge was "another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity." 

"The European Union continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia and will not recognize this violation of international law," the spokesperson said.

Crimea broke away from Ukraine following a bloody US-sponsored coup, when in a March 2014 Crimean referendum 95% of participating voters were in favor of secession of the ethnically Russian region. Ukrainian officials disputed the vote, with then-acting President Oleksander Turchinov stating that "The authorities in Crimea are totally illegitimate, both the parliament and the government." 

The State Department-backed fiasco led to the Obama administration imposing harsh sanctions on the Russian Federation, after Obama told Putin during a phone call that "Russia's actions were in violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity." 

Putin pushed back, likening Crimea's self-determined referendum to Kosovo's breakaway from Serbia in 2008. 

"Regarding the March 16 referendum in Crimea, Mr Putin said that the decision to hold the referendum was in line with international law and the U.N. Charter, and was also in line with the precedent set by Kosovo," the Kremlin said.

While the reaction on Twitter was mostly tepid, there were a few tweets of support for the bridge: 


Heros cheech_wizard Thu, 05/17/2018 - 03:17 Permalink

Mariupol is slowly being cut off.

It will become the Danzig of the 21st Century, and the situation is very similar to 1939:

-  The ethnic Russian majorities in South Eastern Ukraine are being ethnically persecuted and cleansed
-  Ukraine, just like Poland in 1939, has been granted war guarantees by ZOG.
-  Putin, like Hitler, is a Nationalist, and he will step in to protect his people.  ZOG knows this.
-  ZOG is horny for a big, big war and lots of Goyim blood sacrifice
-  Israel's growth to become the world's center with the world court in Jerusalem is threatened.  Once again, ZOG will do something to restart the world overthrow.

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Dsyno chiburashka Thu, 05/17/2018 - 04:57 Permalink

"Russia builds a bridge"

Who the fuck cares? ZH has turned into a fucking Russian fanboy site.

Has ZH ever said something negative about Russia? Think about it. Have they? ZH talks shit about everyone.

I'm starting to think ZH is owned by Russians, and many of the commenters here are Russians. Say something truthful and negative about Russia, and watch the thumbs-down pile up, and the amount of triggered commenters.

Right now on the ZH homepage, three headlines in a row:

"Putin Drives Dump Truck Across $3.6 Billion Bridge He Built To Crimea"

"Armenia's Pashinyan Meets Putin: Pledges Continued Russian-Armenian Friendship"

"Checkmate: Russia's Hypersonic Missile Ready For War By 2020"

Ah ZH. Perfect propaganda outlet. 

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Scipio Africanuz Dsyno Thu, 05/17/2018 - 05:26 Permalink

Of course, many in here are fans of Putin and Russia, and unashamedly too . The Russians, as far as many are concerned, are HEROES, and the true holocaust SURVIVORS, unlike you know who. And their leader Putin, a bonafide political SUPERSTAR! Are you feeling jealous?...

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Parrotile Took Red Pill Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:24 Permalink

Yes, "American Values" - Reagan era - "Tear down that Wall, Mr President", and current era "Build a wall to keep "undesireables" out Mr President".

Hope we have not missed the irony that "The Wall" is being built in rightly Mexican territory - the territory "annexed" (allegedly "just like Russia and Crimea") after the Mexican-American war in the early 1800's.

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giovanni_f Dsyno Thu, 05/17/2018 - 05:55 Permalink

longest bridge in europe, difficult terrain, in time, budget, target. now compare this to the new airport in Berlin, Germany, a unmitigated desaster. 

icymi, Krim was/is/will always remain Russian. the wet dream of los americanos to open a naval base there was busted by a group of hyperprofessional speznaz without a single shot fired. 

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DemandSider Dsyno Thu, 05/17/2018 - 06:39 Permalink

He's a sociopath, like most leaders, but he doesn't try to sugar coat it with phony liberalism. Despite constant NATO/neoliberal harassment, he runs a profitable country, without the parasitic banker currency manipulation and constant dollar protection racket wars. He's an underdog, it's amazing he's still alive.

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RedBaron616 Dsyno Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:01 Permalink

Here's a question for you: Who is causing all the problems around the world? Is it not the US? Abandon an international treaty with Iran that was bulletproof. Invade Iraq and cause hundreds of thousands of deaths. Intervene in the internal affairs of Libya and created anarchy which is still taking deaths. Arm terrorists groups and label them "moderates." Fly drones over other countries' sovereign soil and bomb supposed terrorists. Pretend we believe in democracy unless the democratic government in Ukraine doesn't want to sign up for NATO and the EU; then we engineer a coup and immediately recognize the "government" put in place undemocratically. How hypocritical. 16 years in Afghanistan, killing largely Afghans. The American Empire continues.

Now, please explain what Russia has done in comparison, other than seize the naval base she has had since the time of Catherine the Great when the phony Ukraine coup happened. I will wait.

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Heros cheech_wizard Thu, 05/17/2018 - 04:40 Permalink

"Israel is going to get itself nuked."

They know that, and since if they feel threatened that means they feel justified in obliterating 10 generations of anyone involved in the threat, or even minutely on its peripheral, they will attack first.  Heebs call them Amalek, and at this point all goyim are Amalek.

If Israel looks like it will get nuked, they could always set their samson bomb into action, but they won't have to because that is so 20th century.  There are lots of other ways for them to obliterate generations of Amalek before they can harm gods chosen.  Bioweapons, DNA and Genetic weapons, 5G cell phone towers, weather manipulation, getting the United States of Brainless Idiots to invade for them.

But when all else fails, there is that old yiddish standby:  Poison their wells.


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