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    Russia’s completion of a bridge linking Crimea to the Russian mainland was announced on Tuesday, with President Vladimir Putin attending the opening ceremony. US journalist Tom Rogan called on Kiev to destroy the bridge via an opinion published in the Washington Examiner, prompting the launch of an investigation by Moscow.

    Social media users have expressed their shock and disgust at Mr. Rogan’s warmongering, with some branding him a terrorist for his remarks and “inciting of violence.”

    The 19-kilometer long bridge cost almost US$4 billion to build and stretches along the Kerch Strait. The Crimean Peninsula was reunified with Russia in 2014 via a referendum which saw overwhelming support for the territory’s reunification with the Russian Federation.  

    Prior to the construction of the bridge, there wasn’t a land connection between Crimea and the mainland, with vehicles having to board a ferry to cross the Kerch Strait.

    In addition to launching a case against the journalist, Russia’s Investigative Committee later opened a criminal case against the editor of Rogan’s op-ed, Hugo Gordon. 

    READ MORE: Russia Opens Case Against Washington Examiner Editor Over Crimea Bridge Piece

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    terror, bridge, war, Crimean referendum, Washington Examiner, Russian Government, Hugo Gordon, Tom Rogan, Crimea, United States, Ukraine, Russia
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