A “great gift” for memory: Russia repairs the Crimean bridge ahead of schedule

A great gift for remembrance
Russia repairs the Crimean bridge ahead of schedule

It takes four months, 39 days earlier than planned, for the bridge between Russia and Crimea to be fully passable again after an explosion. Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Chusnulin celebrates the reform as a “great gift”.

The Russian bridge to Crimea, which was partially destroyed in October, is now fully impassable again on the road section. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Chusnulin announced the completion of repair work on the road bridge in the Telegram online service.

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The explosion on the Crimean bridge killed three people and was considered a major setback for Russia.

(Photo: picture alliance / dpa / AP)

Chusnulin explained that 500 workers worked around the clock for four and a half months, and construction work has now been completed 39 days ahead of schedule as a “great gift” for Russia’s Defender of the Fatherland Day. The railway bridge is still being repaired and will likely not be operational again before summer.

In October, the Crimean Bridge, which connects the annexed Ukrainian peninsula to the Russian mainland, which was personally inaugurated by Kremlin President Vladimir Putin, was partially damaged in an explosion. Moscow blamed Kiev for the truck attack. Ukraine denied this.

The bridge across the Kerch Strait is an important supply route for Russia to supply military equipment to soldiers fighting in Ukraine and also has a high symbolic value for Moscow.


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