On 15th May 2018, Vladimir Putin created history by doing something that none of the previous leaders of Russia had ever managed to do. The current President of the Russian Federation built and inaugurated the first-ever bridge between the Russian mainland and Crimea – a peninsula which was annexed from Ukraine in 2014 by Moscow. The entire bridge is 19 km long and is the only direct road link between the two regions.
The bridge was built at an expense of 3.7 Billion USD and is expected to carry over 40,000 vehicles per day. Prior to its creation, all traffic passed over the Kerch strait by ferry, or via a detour through Ukraine. The bridge is also commended for having completed its construction six months ahead of the schedule. On Tuesday morning, Vladimir Putin himself drove an orange Kamax truck across the bridge, successfully inaugurating the bridge route for the traffic. In a statement to the workers, Putin announced that throughout their history, many Tsars had dreamt of building this bridge, even the Soviet Union had made plans to execute it, but under his regime and the talent and cooperation of the workers, “the miracle has happened.”
Despite the fact that this bridge has unlocked many trade benefits for both the countries, Kiev and Moscow remain under a strenuous relationship. Ukraine has publicly shown their dissatisfaction and disapproval in the scenario, stating that the construction of this bridge showed blatant disregard for international law; the new intrusion in the waterway was also going to harm the ships and other water traffic by disrupting their route through the Black Sea.