Crimea is geographically located on the northern coast of the Black Sea in Eastern Europe. Crimea also called ‘Taurica’ by the Greek and Roman empires that ruled there has had a traumatising history of war and deportation. The result was that the native Crimean Tatars were never able to return to their land until the end of the Soviet Union.
Crimea Was Historically A Part Of Russia
Russia conquered Crimea in 1774. The region was then heavily inhabited by Greeks and Armenian descendants. For the next 200 years, Crimea was a part of the Soviet Union of Russia. Though it kept changing hands amongst different army’s during the Russian revolution much like other parts of war-stricken Country.
A Good Will Move To The Ukrainians
In 1954 something surprising occurred when the then Russian Premier, Nikita Khrushchev gifted Crimea to Ukraine. This was done to mark the 300th anniversary of Ukraine’s decision to be a part of the Soviet Union. Nobody foresaw the collapse and independent establishment of Russia and Ukraine as different countries.
Annexed in 2014 By Russian Military
Of the 60 million people who live in Crimea, 60% speak Russian and hence the public was inclined to be a part of Russia. Economically the region is a gold mine with its Black sea ports connecting many parts of Europe and the Middle East. Strategically too it gives it’s Navy direct access to the Mediterranean sea. The Russian Federation annexed the region in March 2014 as a result of the above.
A Bold Move To Connect The Two
The latest development in this conflicted region is the 25-mile long rail cum road bridge. The cost of construction be around is estimated t 2.5 billion pounds. It links Crimea to the Russian mainland through the Black Sea. The Crimean bridge is also referred to as Kerch Strait Bridge will give Russia the power to water routes and effectively transport energy resources and goods to the Black seaports for trade.
The bridge has two parallels one each for roadways and railways. With 2 giant arches at the centre of the bridge is an architectural marvel. It was transported to the sea as a whole by tugboats and auxiliary ships. This installation process was done under expert supervision.
The road-side of the bridge was opened to the public on 15th May whereas the rail-side is expected to open in 2019.