Watch: Putin drives car in annexed Crimea during rare trip outside Moscow

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Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a newly constructed part of Tavrida road in the annexed Crimea on Thursday.

Putin took a ride on the new road together with the main technical expert of the constructor company. In one of his comments, Putin suggested that the road should be equipped with more turnoffs for those who come to the seaside.

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The construction of Tavrida road, linking main Crimean cities, was launched in 2017 and its total length is estimated slightly over 250 km.

Since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak in March, Vladimir Putin worked in Kremlin or Novo-Ogaryovo, rarely left Moscow. In July he revealed the World War II memorial near the city of Rzhev, about 200 km from the Russian capital, and visited the Crimean port of Kerch.

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Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, drawing sanctions and sending relations with the West to post-Cold War lows.

Russia has spent heavily to integrate Crimea into its territory, and it has been the focus of espionage and military tensions since its annexation.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Putin’s visit to Crimea was an act of violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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