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Crimean Bridge: The Most Controversial Bridge in the World?

Railway Explained
- Support Railways Explained on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/railways_explained ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ► Railways Explained aims to establish a WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY of all RAIL LOVERS, WORKERS, AND EXPERTS, by creating regular, entertaining, and educational railway content of high quality. ► If you find yourself in at least one of these three groups, support this idea by SUBSCRIBING TO RAILWAYS EXPLAINED. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - In today’s episode, we talk about the largest and, most likely, the most controversial bridge in Europe and whole Russia - the Crimean Bridge. This combined rail-road bridge is located in the Kerch Strait, the strait that connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The Crimean Bridge, therefore, connects the Kerch Peninsula of Crimea and the Taman Peninsula of Russia's Krasnodar Krai, which is, as you might guess, a very important geostrategic point. The scope of the project included the construction of two parallel bridges: a 16.9 km long road bridge and an 18.1 km long railway bridge. The announcement that Russia will build a road-railway bridge over the sea was given by Vladimir Putin on March 19th, 2014, just a day after the infamous referendum on which Crimean citizens voted to fall under Russia. After fast and efficient construction, on 15th May 2018, Vladimir Putin led a convoy of trucks across the bridge, driving one himself, in an inauguration ceremony. Of course, the construction and opening of the Crimean Bridge caused a sharply negative reaction from Ukraine, which considers this construction illegal. In addition, the United States and the European Union also condemned the construction and opening of the bridge and imposed sanctions on the companies involved in its construction. What do you think about this controversial bridge - tell us in the comments below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Special thanks to our Patrons: David Brandon, Brendan McKeon, Linda Vainomae-Hoffmann, Andrew Saffrey, Myron York, Gerald Brady, Tim McKeoun, August Bigelow, Bill, Sergii Getman, Andebian, Raka Sidik, Jonas Christen, Duikboot, Nathan Walls, Marcelli, and Phillipe Branco! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Credits: - If you enjoyed this video, SHARE it with your rail-loving friends to help us raise our community, and of course, leave your opinion in the COMMENT section and hit the LIKE button. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ► Stay connected with us on social media: - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RailwaysExpl... - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/railways_ex... - Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rail... #Railways #Ukraine #Russia
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