Traffic opens on bridge linking southern Russian Federation with Crimea

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Russian President Vladimir Putin officially opened the bridge on Tuesday.

The Ukrainian defendants are suspected of prosecution of persons known to be innocent, according to Russia's Investigative Committee.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case against a USA journalist who proposed blowing up the Crimean Bridge, which links southern Russia and Crimea, the committee said Thursday. As part of this investigation, Priymachok and other officers of the Military Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine ignored provisions of Russian legislation and global law, and illegally prosecuted 19 judges of the Russian Constitutional Court because they approved a decree declaring the agreement between Russia and Crimea constitutional, the Investigative Committee reported.

The publication's editor will also be subject to a "pre-investigation probe" for publishing Rogan's commentary, an Investigative Committee spokesperson said.

The Crimean Republic reunited with the Russian Federation in mid-2014 after over 96 percent of its residents, the majority of whom are ethnic Russians, approved the move in a referendum.

Tensions between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Russia are at levels not seen since the Cold War, including over Moscow's support for pro-Russian separatists in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In a recent poll conducted by an independent German-based think tank in November 2017, nearly 80 percent said they would vote again to join Russian Federation if there was a new referendum.