Ukraine opens probe over Rus­sia’s rail­way bridge

Antelope Valley Press - - Second Front -

MOSCOW — Ukrainian of­fi­cials opened a criminal probe Wed­nes­day af­ter a pas­sen­ger train from Rus­sia ar­rived in Crimea via a new Russian-built bridge, ar­gu­ing that the train il­le­gally car­ried peo­ple across the Ukrainian border.

Ear­lier this week Russian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin in­au­gu­rated the rail­way bridge to Crimea, which Rus­sia an­nexed from Ukraine in 2014. He said 14 mil­lion pas­sen­gers and about 13 mil­lion tons of cargo are ex­pected to move across the bridge next year. The train ar­rived in Sev­astopol from St. Peters­burg, Rus­sia’s sec­ond largest city.

Rus­sia an­nexed Crimea on the grounds that res­i­dents of the penin­sula voted to join up with Rus­sia. The an­nex­a­tion elicited wide­spread in­ter­na­tional cen­sure in­clud­ing U.S. and Euro­pean Union sanc­tions on Rus­sia. Ukraine has blocked ship­ment of sup­plies via its ter­ri­tory to Crimea.

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