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>> Dressed in blue jeans, Putin proudly took to the wheel on Tuesday to lead a long convoy of orange trucks. The Russian president is opening a new bridge, a controversial one. Dubbed Putin's bridge, it connects Russia to the annexed Crimean Peninsula. But it also widens the divide with neighboring Ukraine and possibly the West.
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Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. While many in Russia saw it as restoring Moscow's rule over historically Russian region, the move prompted harsh sanctions and a sharp deterioration in ties with the West. Ukraine's president has called the bridge illegal, and that it's quote, the latest evidence of the Kremlin's disregard for law.
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More controversial still is the timing of the grand unveiling, the eve of the anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people by the Stalin regime.>>
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> The Kremlin said the bridge will be open to cars on Wednesday and that a rail section is set to be completed by the end of the 2019, costing 3.6 billion Euro's and spanning 19 kilometers.
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Putin's bridge is set to be the longest dual purpose span in Europe.