Kyiv vows further international sanctions against Russia over Crimean Bridge

Ukraine will ensure that international sanctions are introduced against the companies and persons who participate in the construction of the Crimean bridge, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced.

“Ukraine will work consistently on the increase in national and international sanctions against the physical and legal entities involved in the illegal construction of the bridge crossing over the Kerch strait,” the statement on the Foreign Ministry’s website reads.

The department also expressed outrage at the opening of the bridge, and said that its construction without Ukraine’s consent is illegal.

“Such actions by Moscow fundamentally contravene the recognized norms and principles of international law, and violate the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and bilateral contract obligations to Ukraine,” the Ministry remarked.

The opening ceremony of the vehicle portion of the bridge was held yesterday, with the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Car movement over the bridge will commence today.

  Crimean Bridge, Kerch Strait Bridge, Sanctions on Russia