Crimean Minister of Transport Anatoliy Tsurkin, appointed Oct 21, 2014, has resigned from his post, Crimea Inform news agency reports.
“There will be new Crimean Minister of Transport March 30. We have already accomplished our task, I mean we have maintained the operation of Kerch Ferry without any financing. We have maintained the staff of the Ministry and its structure, still it needs further development”- Minister said.
Tsurkin went on saying that he would become an assistant of Crimean head on the issues of transport, adding that Dmitriy Polonsky would supervise the sphere of transport in the region.
Ukraine in December suspended all train and bus services to Crimea due to a "deteriorating" security situation on the Black Sea peninsula, following its unification with Russia.
Although controlled by Moscow, Crimea's only land link is with Ukraine and it has remained dependent on the Ukrainian mainland for most of its supplies, including much of its electricity and water.
The suspension of bus and train links effectively created a Ukrainian transport blockade to and from the region, as Ukraine has already banned sea and air traffic with the territory, which is serviced only by Russian airlines.