Contents tagged with Black Sea

  • Russian Navy conducts firing drills in Baltic amid NATO exercise

    A group of ships from Russia’s Baltic Fleet has entered the Baltic Sea to conduct an exercise, the Russian Defense Ministry reports.

    The group includes the corvettes Boikiy and Stoikiy, the small missile vessels Serpukhov, Zeleny Dol, Liven and Passat, and the anti-submarine ship Alexin. They entered the Baltic in order to practice firing torpedoes, missiles and artillery against imaginary enemy ships and airborne targets.

    During the drill, the ships will rehearse search and destroy …

  • Russia sends A-50 'flying radars' to Kuban amid NATO exercises

    The head of the press service of the Russian southern military district, Vadim Astafyev said that the long-range radiolocation detection aircrafts A-50 were relocated to the Kuban.

    According to him, "A-50 aircraft of Russian Aerospace Forces flew to one of the airfields located in the Krasnodar region."

    The aircraft will monitor the air over the Black Sea during large-scale NATO exercises, which take place on the territory of several Black Sea countries in Eastern Europe.

    This will prevent …

  • NATO plans joint military exercise with Ukraine in the Black Sea

    NATO plans to conduct military exercise in the Black Sea with the Ukrainian army in July, said Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg at a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Brussels. Their joint statement was broadcasted on the NATO website.

    He also noted that NATO will continue to provide political and practical support to Ukraine, including joint military exercises. Stoltenberg has also said that earlier the Alliance has allocated 40 million euros to Kyiv to improve …

  • Kyiv: Russian Black Sea ports and Crimea suffer losses due to sanctions

    The Black Sea ports of annexed Crimea and neighboring Russia suffered a loss of more than 760 million rubles (around $11.8 million) in 2018 due to sanctions, reports the Ukrainian Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.

    “By comparison with other years, specifically 2015, 2016 and 2017, the annual revenue of the Black Sea Ports Administration was between 32 and 152 million rubles. In 2018, the Black Sea Ports Administration’s earnings were only 359.6 …

  • Kyiv: Russian warships block Ukrainian maritime economic zone in the Black Sea

    The Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense for European Integration, Anatoliy Petrenko, stated Russian warships are blocking the maritime economic zones of Ukraine, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    He noted that the control of the Kerch Strait passage remains the prerogative of Russia which violates international law regarding free civil shipping.

    “The Russian Federation is especially active in the western part of the Black Sea, namely around the illegally seized our …

  • The Hague court to broadcast Ukraine against Russia dispute over violations in the Black Sea

    On June 10, 2019, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague will begin a hearing of Ukraine and Russia dispute over the rights in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. This information has been published on the court’s website.

    On the day of the hearing, the representatives of Russia will speak from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 17:30 with the possibility of additional time from 17:30 to 18:00. Ukraine’s representatives will speak on a similar schedule on June 11.

    The …

  • Sailors of Russian Black Sea Fleet sue commanders for failure to pay daily allowance for work in Syria

    Sailors from three Black Sea Fleet ships filed a lawsuit in response to failure to pay of daily subsistence allowance for military operation participation in Syria, Kommersant newspaper reported, citing lawyer Alexander Fedorchenko.

    The daily allowance for officers is $62, for privates and sergeants - $43, but 70% of the total goes to food, the lawyer said. According to him, 27 sailors who filed a collective action, on average, expected to receive 200-300 thousand rubles ($3,134-$4,700). The …

  • Large Russian landing ship Caesar Kunikov breaks down after exercises in the Black Sea

    The large landing ship of the Russian Navy Caesar Kunikov was towed to its base in the annexed Crimea after it experienced problems with the steering control system.

    "On April 18, 2019, when returning to its base after the naval exercises, the large landing ship Caesar Kunikov of the Black Sea Fleet experienced a technical malfunction with the steering device," said in a statement the Information Department of the Black Sea Fleet, as quoted by TASS.

    According to TASS, Caesar Kunikov took part …

  • USS Ross guided-missile destroyer enters the Black Sea, Russia monitors carefully

    The USS Ross (DDG-71), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer of the US Navy, passed through the Bosporus strait and entered the Black Sea on 15 April, Bosphorus Naval News announced on Twitter.

    This is the first time the ship has been deployed in the Black Sea in 2019.

    The American destroyer was escorted by two Turkish coast guard vessels, TCSG-5 and TCSG-4307, while passing Istanbul.

    “When the US naval vessel entered the Black Sea, it was detected and taken under constant …

  • Russia promises to respond to NATO actions in the Black Sea

    Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Grushko, told journalists that Russia has a negative perceptioinof NATO’s increasing activity in the Black Sea, and will take the necessary response measures, reports TASS.

    “We will, of course, take all the necessary measures to neutralize the threats associated with NATO’s increased activity in the region,” said Grushko. According to him, NATO’s actions undermine regional stability.

    He added that security in the region should be ensured …