Hot Issue (#11 November 2018)

Detention of Vessels in Azov Sea: Which Answer Could Ukraine Give?

Artem Volkov, Sergey Nedelko

Unsettling statistics

According to data from the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine during the period from 29 April to 20 September 2018, the Border Guard Service of the Russian Federation arrested more than 200 vessels, steering to the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk and back in the Azov Sea, for inspection. In addition to the above-mentioned 120 vessels were under the flag of countries of the European Union. And starting from 14 August 2018 Russia has completely blocked passage for merchant vessels steering to  Ukrainian ports through the Kerch Strait, having not allowed any vessel to pass within a week (14-21 August)...

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