Well there I was assuming that there was a bridge between Russia and the Crimea all this time, when I discover that there is nothing of the sort! Although one has been planned for some time, apparently a slow ferry is all that connects Crimea to the country that just annexed it. Some thoughts:
1) How the hell did Ukraine manage to let Russia put troops into Crimea when there is no bridge? Such piss-poor defending makes them almost deserve to lose a province or two.
2) If for whatever reason there is no free-flow of people and goods between Ukraine and Russian-controlled Crimea, how pissed off is the population going to be relying on crappy old ferries to get off their
3) How long do you think we’ll be waiting for the bridge to be built? Yes, I know Putin promised he would accelerate its construction the day the Crimean accession was signed, but in Russia large state projects have a habit of being delivered late, poorly, and way over budget.
Once the dust has settled it’ll be interesting to see what life is like for those Russians stranded in Crimea. I wonder if Putin would recognise any future referendum to see them leave?