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Four years after Russia annexed Crimea, the peninsula remains in limbo


The wind whips across a narrow, sandy strait, carrying the salty smell of the Sea of Azov. Ukrainians stand in line, sometimes for hours, at the makeshift checkpoint separating mainland Ukraine from Russian-annexed Crimea.

One by one, they hand their passports to the border guards, who work out of an open shipping crate-turned-border-post.

9:05 AM, Jan. 28, 2019
An earlier version of this article said a 12-mile bridge from the Russian mainland to Crimea cost $4 million. It cost about $3.7 billion.

“I’ve stood here in February with my 8-year-old son for two hours in slush…



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