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Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine posted this on Facebook.

Kerch bridge will definitely need the invaders, when they to flee Crimea, says the Ukrainian President.

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.

"At last, thanks to your talent, this project, this miracle, has happened", Putin told the workers. During World War II the occupying Nazis also began building a bridge but abandoned the project.

The Crimean Bridge, at 19 kilometres (nearly 12 miles) will be Europe's longest, overtaking Lisbon's Vasco da Gama Bridge.

Ukraine has criticized the project, saying construction has damaged the environment and that larger ships will be unable to get through to its ports on the Azov Sea.

The construction of the Kerch bridge illegally, and Russia's attempts to legitimize the temporary occupation of the Crimean Peninsula - in vain.

15 may opening ceremony of the physical connection of the Crimea with the mainland Russian Federation to the Crimean bridge.

European Union member states made a decision to impose travel bans and asset freezes on five individuals, who held positions in electoral commissions in Crimea, which the European Union considers "actively supporting and implementing policies that undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine".

British Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan said it was "a further example of Russia's reckless behaviour". "Therefore, the opening of the Crimean Bridge is a landmark event in the life of the European community", the official told Pravda.Ru.

European Union and United States sanctions have targeted those involved in the realization of the bridge, particularly businessman Arkady Rotenberg, a close ally of Putin whose company Stroygazmontazh won the construction contract.

The annexation of the peninsula in 2014 was condemned by Kiev and the West as an illegal land grab but applauded in Russian Federation. It was originally expected to open in December but was finished ahead of schedule.

The Kremlin said the bridge would be opened to cars on Wednesday.


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