The occupiers launched freight railway traffic on the Crimean bridge
In occupied Crimea on June 30, freight trains were launched across the Kerch Bridge - one from the peninsula, the other from Russia.
This was reported by the Russian news agency TASS.
Russian Transport Minister Yevgeniy Ditrich and the occupying "chairman" of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, launched two freight trains of the Crimean Railways across the Crimean bridge. Two trains passed each other: from the occupied peninsula - with goods from the Crimean enterprises, including soda ash and limestone, from Russia - with fuel, seeds, fertilizers and cement.
After the launch of freight railway traffic, Eugeniy Ditrich said that the Kerch-Southern railway station, which is closest to the Crimean bridge, will be open on September 1.
What is known
- On May 15, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the automobile part of the Crimean Bridge. And on December 23, 2019, he launched the movement of passenger trains between the Taman Peninsula and occupied Crimea.
- The European Union called the opening of the railway connection between Russia and occupied Crimea another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty. In addition, the EU has stated that the bridge restricts the passage of ships through the Kerch Strait to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.
- The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has initiated criminal proceedings on the illegal transportation of persons across the state border of Ukraine to occupied Crimea on this bridge.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has strongly protested the launch of traffic on the railway part of the Crimean bridge. And the representation of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea stated that this launch was illegal.
- The US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on Grand Service Express, which operates rail passenger services across the Crimean bridge.