Putin opens Russia-Crimea bridge: ‘A miracle has happened’

Bridge across Kerch strait hailed as ‘construction of the century’, tightening Russia’s hold over the contested peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

President Vladimir Putin has opened the Crimea Bridge – Russia‘s first land connection to the territory it annexed from Ukraine.

Putin has been a major advocate for the 19km-long structure which is the longest in Europe.

Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports from Kerch.