Kyiv to ban all Russian vessels from entering Ukraine's inland waters

After the incident with the "Nord" vessel, ships from Russia may lose the right to visit Ukraine. Kyiv cited "the high level of terrorist threats" as its justification.

The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has proposed to close the entrance of the inland waters to all Russian vessels, Deputy Infrastructure Minister Yuriy Lavrenyuk said. The Ministry wants this proposal to be considered by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC).

According to Lavrenyuk, it is unacceptable for Russian ships to be sailing the rivers of Ukraine where "the facilities of critical infrastructure are located."

The Crimean vessel "Nord" was detained in the Azov Sea earlier this year for encroaching on Ukrainian waters. Ukraine has imposed arrest on the fishing vessel. Its Captain, Vladimir Gorbenko was arrested but later released on bail.

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