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Putin built the $3.6 billion bridge in defiance of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is fond of activities that accentuate his manliness, like bare-chested horseback riding, not-bare-chested polar exploration, and promoting the Russian limousine and wicked-looking armored car industries. Now he has taken on the role of trucker to unveil a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula.

A Ukrainian ferry commuter misjudged his timing and, to his surprise, drove his car straight into the Black Sea earlier this month. According to The Mirror, the ferry, Protoporos IV, was putting in to the port of Kerch in Southern Ukraine earlier this month when one driver got an itchy foot. As the vessel approached the dock and lowered her ramp, a black Lada parked on the lower deck began to inch ahead of the rest of the cars parked there, apparently in an effort to beat the disembarking line.