Contents tagged with Sea of Azov

  • Ukraine conducts naval drills in the Sea of Azov

    Units of the Ukrainian Navy practiced joint actions to repel and destroy a hypothetical enemy in the Sea of Azov, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operations.

    "The exercises were attended by a small armored artillery boat of the Ukrainian Navy Lubny and a naval boat tactical group of the Mariupol Marine Protection Unit consisting of the ship Donbas and two boats," the statement reads.

    It is reported that, as part of the exercise, Ukrainian military and border guards …

  • Ukraine calls its new assault boats 'a worthy response' to Russian amphibious ships

    Ukrainian Centaur-class assault boats are a "worthy response to outdated" large amphibious ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, stated the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in a the video produced by the TV and radio studio Breeze, which has been posted on YouTube.

    Russian ships are "much slower and have long since exhausted their lifespan," the video says. It is specified that Ukrainian boats can develop speeds of up to 36 knots and can accommodate 36 paratroopers. The boats are armed with C-8 …

  • Hague Tribunal confirms its jurisdiction over Ukraine’s case against Russia on Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague has confirmed that it has jurisdiction to consider Ukraine’s case against Russia for Moscow’s violation of international law in the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

    “The maritime law case is moving forward! The arbitration tribunal in the Hague has confirmed its jurisdiction to consider a lawsuit regarding the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, as well as the theft of our natural resources,” Prystaiko …

  • Kyiv creates new combat ship division in Sea of Azov

    The Ukrainian Navy has established a division of surface vessels in the Sea of Azov, announced Navy Commander Ihor Voronchenko, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.

    The division will be based in the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol, and will include the small armored artillery boats “Lubny” and “Kremenchug”, the search and rescue ship “Donbas” and the sea tug “Korets”. In future, the division is expected to grow as new combat units are added.

    Before the division was created, the surface forces served …

  • EU urges Russia to 'unblock' Sea of Azov

    The EU has demanded that Russia ensure unhindered and free passage of ships to the Sea of Azov, reports  Ukrinform news agency..

    "We remain consistent and persistent in our appeals to Russia to ensure unhindered and free passage to the Sea of Azov under the international law," reads the statement of EU.

    The European Union also noted that Russia should have returned three Ukrainian ships a long time ago, in particular, "taking into account the ruling of the International Tribunal for the Law …

  • Small missile boats from Russia’s Caspian Flotilla enter Sea of Azov

    On Monday, October 21, two small missile boats from Russia’s Caspian Flotilla, “Uglich” and “Velikiy Ustyug”, passed through the Kerch Strait and entered the Sea of Azov, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on its website.

    The crews of the two vessels are known to have carried out assignments as part of the Russian Navy’s permanent Mediterranean Sea unit. Velikiy Ustyug completed its mission in June and Uglich in July. The boats are now returning to their permanent base.

    The Uglich …

  • Ukraine considers establishing mandatory maritime border with Russia

    Oleksandr Shchyptsov, director of the State Hydrographic Service of Ukraine (which falls under the Ministry of Transport), has proposed that Ukraine and Russia negotiate the establishment of a maritime border between them, the department’s site reports.

    “Taking into account the norms of international maritime law and the consultations we have had with leading international experts on matters of maritime delimitation, we suggest that we consider the option of starting a mandatory negotiation …

  • Ukrainian POWs made to undergo psychiatric examinations in Russia

    Second rank Captain Denys Hrytsenko, one of the Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia off the coast of Crimea, said that he and his fellow prisoners of war Mykhailo Vlasyuk, Andriy Drach and Vyacheslav Zynchenko were taken to the Serbsky Center in Moscow to undergo psychiatric examinations.

    Hrytsenko’s account reaches us through his Russian attorney, Nikolai Polozov.

    “During the examination, Denys Hrytsenko responded to the experts’ questions in accordance with Article 17 of the Third Geneva …

  • Russian Kalibr-equipped Stary Oskol submarine enters Black Sea

    The cruise missile-equipped “Stary Oskol” submarine from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has set out into the Black Sea in order to carry out a training exercise, the Russian media reports, citing the fleet’s headquarters.

    “The submarine crew will rehearse various exercises with maritime aircraft and anti-submarine ships from the Black Sea Fleet,” the report states.

    Previously the personnel practiced steering the submarine, and developed an algorithm for diving to various depths, from periscope …

  • Russian FSB ships escort Ukrainian tugboat through the Sea of Azov

    Three ships from the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) escorted the Ukrainian tugboat Korets that entered the Sea of Azov for exercises, reported the website of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    “After approaching our tugboat on the port side at about three nautical miles, the [Russian] ship went at full speed and rapidly increased distance, and then accompanied Korets [tugboat]. At the same time, the second ship [positioned itself] on the starboard side, and the third one went a great …