Traffic opens on bridge linking southern Russia with Crimea
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A long-anticipated bridge linking Russia's Taman Peninsula with Crimea has opened for regular traffic.
Car traffic across the 19-kilometer (11.8-mile) bridge began Wednesday, and it's set to open for trucks in the fall. A parallel railway bridge is set to be finished by the end of 2019.
The $3.6-billion project is intended to facilitate links with Crimea, which previously depended on a ferry crossing often interrupted by gales. Ukraine has blocked shipment of supplies via its territory.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014 following a hastily called local vote, a move that drew U.S. and the EU sanctions.News - Traffic opens on bridge linking southern Russia with Crimea