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    A view of the new bridge across the Kerch Strait linking Russia's Taman Peninsula with Crimea, after regular traffic began, in Kerch, Crimea, Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

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    The 19-kilometer-long bridge, connecting the Crimean Peninsula with Russia’s mainland, was unveiled in May, becoming the longest one in Europe.

    The first trucks, loaded with milk, meat products and construction materials, arrived in Crimea via the brand-new Kerch Strait Bridge, the information center "Crimean Bridge" reported on Monday. 

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    At midnight, the authorities lifted truck restrictions on the new section of the A-290 highway along the Crimean bridge that had been introduced for the high holiday season.

    Over the first eight hours, more than 700 trucks went across the bridge.

    "Among the first to pass from the mainland to the peninsula were refrigerated trucks with milk and meat products, as well as semis with building materials. Cars with products for the wine-making enterprises of Crimea drove in the opposite direction," the report said.

    In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin held an official opening ceremony for the Crimean bridge, which was built to facilitate transportation between the peninsula and mainland Russia, as the two parts were previously connected only by a ferry line. Construction work on the 19-kilometer-long bridge was finished six months early, with road traffic having opened in May, and rail traffic expected to kick off in 2019.

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