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Almost 620,000 passengers transported to Crimea bypassing Ukraine in June

July 02, 2014, 18:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, July 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian transport companies carried almost 620,000 passengers to and from Crimea in June bypassing Ukraine, according to data released by Russia’s Unified Transport Directorate and aviation watchdog Rosaviatsia on Wednesday.

Specifically, Russian air companies transported 296,000 people to and from Crimea in June or 270% more than in June 2013, Rosaviatsia told ITAR-TASS news agency.

Over 323,000 passengers were carried to the Black Sea peninsula across the Kerch Strait, the Unified Transport Directorate said.

“The passenger flow in May rose by 68% compared with April and in June it grew almost by another 82% from May, i.e. it will be possible to transport about 3 million passengers in both directions over the tourist season [June-October],” the Unified Transport Directorate said.

Kerch Strait ferries also transported almost 72,000 cars in June, as well as over 3,500 buses and about 13,000 rail cars.

“The carriage of motor vehicles grew by over 53% in May and by more than 50% in June month on month. Over 77,000 motor vehicles are transported across the Kerch Strait monthly,” the Unified Transport Directorate said.

Crimea, a former Ukrainian territory, became a part of Russia, following the results of a referendum held on the Black Sea peninsula on March 16.

According to the final referendum returns, 96.77% of Crimean residents who voted in the referendum backed Crimea’s reunification with Russia, without taking into account the voting results in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. 95.6% of local residents who participated in the plebiscite supported Sevastopol’s accession to Russia.

On March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees on the accession of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation.

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