EU Slaps Sanctions on Six Russian Firms Over Crimea Bridge
The European Union has imposed asset freezes on six Russian firms for their involvement in the construction of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean Peninsula, which the bloc says is illegal.
Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 after Ukraine's pro-Russian president was toppled in an uprising. The West condemned the seizure as an illegal annexation and retaliated against Moscow with sanctions.
After the annexation, the Kremlin ordered the building of a $3.6 billion bridge to link the peninsula to Russia.
The bridge, part of which was unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May, has drawn strong rebuke from the EU, which calls it a further violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.