Russian President Vladimir Putin, driving a truck, revealed the auto section of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula on Tuesday, violating Ukraine which said the move showed derisive disregard for international law.
“At last, thanks to your talent, this project, this miracle, has happened,” Putin told the workers.
In Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said: “The illegal construction of the Kerch bridge is the latest evidence of the Kremlin’s disregard for international law. It is particularly cynical that its opening is happening on the eve of the latest anniversary of the deportation of Crimean-Tatar people by the Stalin regime.”
“Putin initiated this project himself. Many didn’t believe these plans were possible,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the ceremony. “This is an extremely important day from this point of view and in a practical sense and in symbolic terms.”