Ukraine prepares sanctions list of companies involved in construction of Kerch Bridge

Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure monitors all companies working on the construction of the Kerch Bridge in the annexed Crimea, as reported by ” by Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, in the commentary to "Krym. Realii TV".

“We are tracking all contracted organizations working on this site and adding them to the sanctions list,” the minister said. “We also inform other states—allies of Ukraine—about the blacklisting of these companies. As for the equipment itself, that is another matter. If these were direct contacts, we would take action. And if these were purchases from the third or fourth parties, it is more difficult to take action as it was not done through direct contact with the manufacturer.”

Russia’s Minister for Transportation, Maksim Sokolov, earlier reported that the truck traffic on Kerch Bridge is expected to commence in the autumn of 2018.

Builders of the Kerch Bridge started putting markings on the roadway on April 13.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the intention to build a transit line over the Kerch Strait immediately following annexation of the Crimea in March 2014. The bridge was promised to be built by 2018 and put into operation in the summer of 2019.

Ukraine withdrew from the Treaty with Russia on the construction of the bridge in 2014 following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea.

  Kerch Strait Bridge, Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sanctions on Russia