Follow RT for the latest news on the Crimean Bridge (Kerch Strait Bridge), which was opened on May 15, 2018. The Crimean Bridge is a transport passage through the Kerch Strait built as a pair of parallel bridges – for rail and road vehicles – connecting mainland Russia and the Crimean Peninsula. It is considered the longest bridge in Europe. Get news and information on the background and course of construction of the Crimean Bridge on RT.com. Before the crisis in Ukraine, the deterioration of relations with Russia, and Crimea becoming a part of the Russian Federation, there was a joint project between the Russian and Ukrainian governments to connect the Crimean Peninsula - then a part of Ukraine - with the Russian Krasnodar Region. However, due to the tense situation between the countries and the Crimean referendum in 2014, in which a majority of citizens voted to join Russia, the order for the construction of the bridge was awarded to Russian Stroygazmontazh. Visit RT to get news on the construction of the Crimean Bridge.