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TRANSPORTE: Abre puente ruso a Crimea infographic
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El puente del Estrecho Kerch anre antes de lo programado

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May 9, 2018 -- Se inaugura con seis meses de anticipación el puente sobre el Estrecho Kerch, a través del Mar Negro, que une a Crimea con Rusia. El puente carretero y ferroviario de 19km es un proyecto político insignia para Moscú cuando busca consolidar su control sobre Crimea, que se anexó en 2014 luego de un referéndum no reconocido sobre la unificación con Rusia.

The bridge, which some Russians have dubbed “Putin’s bridge”, will be the longest dual-purpose span in Europe.

For the bridge to overcome treacherous conditions in the region, thousands of pylons have been driven into the seabed for stability with space in between to allow strong currents to flow through.

When finished, the bridge should be able to carry 40,000 vehicles and 94 trains per day.

Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine drew international condemnation and sanctions, but many Russians saw it as restoring Moscow’s rule over a region they regard as being historically Russian.

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