Contents tagged with Azov Sea

  • Ukrainian President: Military situation in Black Sea extremely tense

    During a work visit to Odessa, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that since Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the military and strategic situation in the Black Sea region has been very tense.

    “The military and strategic situation in the Black Sea region is currently, unfortunately, very tense, following the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation – the aggressor state, which was clearly set out in the concluding documents of the NATO summit which Ukraine also took part in,” …

  • Kyiv: 100 Ukrainian ships detained by Russia in Sea of Azov since April

    Since the end of April, Russian border guards have detained almost 100 Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan told Radio Liberty.

    “In actual fact we have had almost 100 detentions since the end of April this year. We see that this is a deliberate policy by Russia, which is aimed at blocking activity in the Sea of Azov. Effectively, to destroy the economy of two sea ports – Berdiansk and Mariupol. And, of course, to cause an outflow through …

  • Ukrainian Parliament calls for withdrawal from Azov Sea treaty with Russia

    Ukrainian deputies introduced a bill to the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliamnent) that would cancel the treaty between Russia and Ukraine on the joint use of the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait. The corresponding message is posted on the website of the Verkhovna Rada. The draft resolution is addressed to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak.

    The bill was registered on July 10 by members of the Samopomich (Self Reliance) party.  However, the document has not …

  • Russia sends dozens of military vessels to Azov Sea

    Russia has transferred roughly 40 military boats and two small missile ships to the Sea of Azov. This was reported by Vadym Skybytsky, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Directorate of Intelligence, in a Channel 5 broadcast.

    “The problem is that, at the start of the war, we were unable to completely agree on a border. This border is not in the Azov sea, or the Kerch Strait. Secondly, extremely active operations began in May 2018. Today, according to our military …

  • Ukraine to discuss Russia’s actions in the Azov and Black Seas with the EU

    During the Ukraine-EU Summit on July 9, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko plans to discuss Russia’s military presence in the Black and Azov Seas with EU leaders, which is a cause of concern for Ukraine.  

    “We look forward to a firm position of the EU regarding new Russian challenges for security in the Black and Azov Seas,” Poroshenko wrote on Facebook page. “We will discuss this issue with the EU leaders at the summit on July 9.”

    On Monday, the Secretary of the National Security and …

  • Ukrainian military to block three sections of the Sea of Azov for naval exercises

    The command of the naval forces of Ukraine announced the closure of three sections of the Azov Sea near Mariupol until September 1. According to the head of the press center of the Navy, Oleh Chalik, this is required to carry out combat training activities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces which will continue throughout the summer.

    Chalik said that the waters near the towns of Shyrokyne and Melekyne located directly near the front line, and the Bilosarayska spit and the territory to the east of …

  • Russia blocks part of the Azov Sea for Ukrainian vessels due to navy exercises

    Russia has started firing exercises in the Azov Sea, closing two thousand square kilometers of the sea for Ukrainian vessels as an ultimatum, military reporter Andriy Tsaplienko stated on Facebook, noting that this distance to the Ukrainian coast violates the convention on the Law of the Sea.

    “The threat is approaching our shores,” the statement reads. “Russia is closing two thousand square kilometers of the Azov Sea for Ukrainian vessels as an ultimatum.  Firing exercises are said to be …

  • Russia detained Ukrainian fishermen in the Azov Sea

    Russian border guards detained a small fishing boat in the Sea of Azov with two fishermen who, according to the Russian authorities, did not have proper documents, Interfax reported, referencing a statement by Russia’s Federal Security Border Service for Krasnodar Krai.

    The Ukrainians were allegedly fishing for endangered sturgeon. The fishermen and their vessel were taken to the Russian port city of Yeysk.

    On the morning of May 10, the fishermen went out to sea from a recreation center …

  • Former Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister: Kyiv has to prepare for a blockade of the Kerch Strait by Russia

    Following the detention of Ukrainian vessels in the Sea of Azov, Ihor Kabanenko, Ukraine’s former Deputy Minister of Defense and Admiral of Reserve, called on Kyiv to patrol the sea, escort the Ukrainian ships, and prepare for Russia to blockade the Kerch Strait. In his interview with Obozrevatel news outlet, Kabanenko suggested that patrols could be provided by U.S. Island-class patrol boats, which have yet to be delivered to Ukraine. Kabanenko stated that during the escort of military convoys, …

  • Ukraine holds large-scale exercises near the Russian border

    Ukraine held this year’s largest tactical-special exercises of the Armed Forces at a training area on the coast of the Azov Sea. The exercises involved artillery, aviation, and armored and wheeled vehicles, and is the largest-scale exercise of the year to-date, the Minister of Defense’s press service reported. 

    “According to the plan of the exercises, the imagined enemy violating peace agreements used the newest landing ships, overcame the resistance of the State Border Service of Ukraine and …