Russia has begun construction on a 19-kilometer bridge aimed at bypassing mainland Ukraine that will connect Kerch, in annexed Crimea, to Russia. It’s expected to open in December 2018.

The connection is expected to cost the Russian budget some 283-349 billion rubles – $4.5 to $5.5 billion. The project comprises two parallel bridges, one for rail and the other for road transport. They follow a path across the Tusla Spit, in the middle of the Kerch Strait. 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), accompanied with Russian head of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov (C) and head of the Federal Road Agency Roman Starovoit (L), inspects the site of the under-construction bridge across the Kerch strait, which will link Russia and the Crimean peninsula, on the island of Tuzla, on March 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV / AFP PHOTO / Sputnik / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV
Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied with Russian head of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov and head of the Federal Road Agency Roman Starovoit, inspects the site of the under-construction bridge across the Kerch strait, which will link Russia and the Crimean peninsula, on the island of Tuzla, on March 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV / AFP PHOTO / Sputnik / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV – Kiev Post

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