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'Impossible' Kerch Strait Bridge Is Metaphor for Ukraine's Fantasies About Russia

Russia doesn't build anything - except state-of-the-art 19 km long bridges

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When Crimea rejoined Russia in March 2014, the chorus of indignation coming from Ukraine and the West claimed that it did not matter, since Crimea - as a peninsula separated from Russia proper - would be forced by geography and economics to come crawling back to Kiev.

Yes, it's only a matter of time, they said. And I knew what they were saying, because I was living in Ukraine at the time. I always knew what Ukrainian media was saying, even without watching it, when suddenly several people would begin parroting to me the same randomly absurd factoid.

One time it was, "Russia can't build a computer as good as the USA. That's why the West is better." When I informed them that no computers are made in the USA, that they are all produced in China - which by the way, is a strategic partner of Russia, not the USA - they just stared at me blankly. It's not really about facts or logic with them. But that's delving into psychology. 

Crimea won't be able to survive without Ukraine, they said. After all, they get all their food from us. Well, certainly not all, but most. They did. Until the Kiev regime decided to blockade all food entering Crimea.

And Crimea relies on Ukraine for its electricity supply, they said. That ties the peninsula irrevocably to Ukraine. It did. Until hooligans claiming to represent the Crimean Tatar population blew up power lines to Crimea, with Petro Poroshenko stating he "coordinates" their actions. 

Well I have to give props to the Ukrainian regime - there is no better way for them to show their recognition that Crimea is not part of Ukraine, and never will be.

I suppose it is the same logic that believes bombarding Donetsk and killing 8,000 people will somehow endear the people of Donbass to Bandera-Ukraine. The Ukrainian radicals have sealed the separation of Donbass from Kiev forever.

If they actually knew history, they would know that Crimeans and Donbass miners do not take kindly to being pushed around. Now Crimea has renounced Ukrainian electricity for good. But knowing history precludes being a Bandera-worshiping Ukrainian nationalist. 

They also said Russia would never be able to bridge the Kerch Strait, forever dooming Crimea to physical separation from Russia.

It would be impossible, they said - because everybody knows Russia is a poor backward country only capable of making AK-47s and nukes (as if building a nuke doesn't require a very high level of technological development).

And Russia can't build a computer like the USA can. They can send a man into space - but they can't build a computer and they can't build a bridge.

This claim actually plays a very big role in the Ukrainian regime's war propaganda (the constant fear of invasion used to keep the coup regime in power), the idea being that if Putin can't build a real bridge to Crimea, he will need a land bridge. Which means conquering large parts of Ukraine.

Here is an example in English, of the kind of delusional nonsense which Ukrainian media was telling the popuation in September 2014 about the possibility of a bridge:

Russia will not be able to build a bridge across the Kerch Strait to link occupied Crimea with the Russian Federation, according to a Ukrainian scholar. But its likely inability to do so means that Moscow may have even more reason to press ahead with its aggression elsewhere to secure a land route to the peninsula.

In an interview on BTB, Sergey Hromenko, a researcher at the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, says that Moscow will not be able to build a bridge across the Kerch Strait or get the Chinese to do it for them as some have speculated).

The “unpleasant” truth is that only the Germans were able to build such a bridge in the course of their invasion of the USSR, but the 4.5 kilometer German bridge was destroyed by ice flows immediately after the war. And since that time, “no one, not even the Soviet Union with all its power, was able to build such a bridge.” [In fact, the Germans did not finish the bridge, but left behind materials that the Red Army used to complete it; then weather destroyed it–The Interpreter].

“And if the Soviet Union wasn’t able to do this,” Hromenko says, he “strongly doubts that the Russian Federation will be able to so” despite Moscow’s claims that it will be able to do so and before 2018.

What the propaganda stooge "Ukrainan scholar" claims is beside the point - the fact is there has never been any serious attempt to build a bridge across the Kerch Strait - one not using materials left by a retreating army and thrown up under the stress of wartime. During the period of the USSR there was no need -- Russia and Ukraine were part of the same country and Crimea could be reached effectively over land. 

Even more embarassing to Mr. Hromenko is that he totally ignores (more likely, is totally ignorant of) the fact that Ukraine made an agreement with Russia to build just such a bridge in January 2014 - before the Maidan coup and before Kiev lost Crimea. 

In January 2014, Ukraine thought building the bridge was totally possible - but in March, everybody in Ukraine was totally sure it was impossible. 

We haven't heard much about this bridge from the Ukrainians lately. That's probably because Mr. Hromenko, the professional victims' "institute" he works for and the entire Ukrainian media and government and all the naysayers are being humiliated by the fact that Russia has started construction

Here's the latest video update, from November 2015:

And here's what the completed bridge is projected to look like. It will actually be 2 bridges - one for rail, and one for cars:

At least the USA can build a computer. They sure haven't built any good bridges lately. In fact, America's bridges are crumbling:

Russia has constructed several new bridges in recent years, such as the Khabarovsk bridge built in 1999 (featured on the back of the 5,000 ruble note) and the super-modern bridge to Russky Island in Vladivostok, completed in 2012:

Russky Island Bridge: the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world
Russky Island Bridge: the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world

But I guess I just don't understand. After all, I'm brainwashed by Russian propaganda.

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