A ferry service has been opened to connect Sevastopol in Crimea with the sea port of Novorossiysk in Caucasus.
A first ferry that arrived in Sevastopol on Monday has brought 80 freight trucks loaded with foodstuffs and other commodities, Sevastopol Governor Sergey Menyailo told journalists, Itar-Tass reports.
In the near future four ferries with a capacity of 140 freight trucks each and running two times a week will be used to connect Sevastopol and Novorossiysk, the governor said.
For two months the Sevastopol administration had monitored the freight turnover between the Crimean and the Caucasian sea ports so as to convince someone in the administration that some of the cargoes should be directly brought to Sevastopol, he said. Simferopol and Sevastopol account for more than half of all cargoes delivered to Crimea, the governor said.
Crimea joined Russia in March after local referendum on region's status, which is condemned by Kyiv, EU and US as illegitimate.