Russia managed to repair part of the damaged car lane on the Crimean Bridge and opened it to drivers.

Authorities plan to complete the full renovation in March, NOVA reported.

On December 5, President Vladimir Putin

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Born Oct. 7, 1952, in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Prez crossed the Crimean Bridge, connecting southern Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula, less than two months after an explosion ripped through the structure.

The 12-mile road and rail bridge, which was personally inaugurated by Putin in 2018, was bombed on October 8 in an attack that Russia says was carried out by Ukraine.

Kyiv, for its part, did not claim responsibility for the explosion, which occurred a day after Putin's 70th birthday.

Russia's Federal Security Service said the attack was organized by Ukrainian military intelligence.

The explosion destroyed a section of the road bridge, temporarily halting traffic across the Kerch Strait.

Putin drove over the partially destroyed Crimean Bridge

In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea, which was transferred from Soviet Russia to Soviet Ukraine in 1954 by then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and recognized by Russia in 1994 after the collapse of the USSR.

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Crimean peninsula

Crimean bridge