Contents tagged with Sea of Azov

  • Ukraine institutes martial law

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has introduced martial law in several regions of Ukraine. 276 of Ukrainian lawmakers supported the bill prepared by the Ukrainian President.

    Martial law is introduced for 30 days from November 28 to December 27.

    The special status is introduced in 10 regions of Ukraine, which border the Russian Federation: Vinnytsia region, Luhansk region, Mykolaiv region, Odessa region, Sumy region, Kharkov region, Chernihiv region, Kherson region and of the internal waters of …

  • Ukraine asks Budapest Memorandum signatories and EU for protection against Russia

    During an emergency session of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has asked the signatory countries of the Budapest Memorandum and the EU for assistance in repelling Russian aggression.

     “We turn to our partners according to the Budapest Memorandum, who have taken on themselves the obligation to protect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our state; we turn to the European Union, including the participants of the …

  • Russian border guard ship rams into Ukrainian Navy tug boat in Kerch Strait

    On the morning of November 25, a Russian ship rammed into the tug boat Yana Kapu belonging to the Ukrainian Navy, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Navy.

    According to the press service, two Ukrainian small armored boats Berdyansk and Nikopol, accompanied by the tug boat, carried out a planned transition from the port of Odessa to Mariupol. Russia was informed about the ships voyage beforehand.

    “However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the sea and the Ukrainian-Russian …

  • President Poroshenko: Ukraine to establish new coast guard system to defend against 'sea invasion'

    During an address to border guards in Cherkasy, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that by the end of 2018, there will be a new sea guard system along the country’s entire coast, which will monitor the maritime border from Izmail on the Black Sea to Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, UNN reports.

    “To protect Ukraine’s territory against an invasion from the sea, the relevant constituent is being expanded,” the head of state said.

    He emphasized that the military drills which were held on the …

  • Russia threatens to close the Azov Sea to Ukrainian vessels

    A member of the Committee on Defense and Security of the Federation Council Frants Klintsevich commented on Facebook the detention of 15 ships by Ukrainian border guards for visiting ports of Crimea, calling the situation absurd.

    “This is clearly an absurdity. And it doesn’t matter if we are talking about Russian ships or ships from foreign governments, both completely legally entered ports in the Crimea,” he stated.

    According to him, Kyiv is provoking Moscow to respond. The senator stressed …

  • No Ukraine-NATO drills planned in Sea of Azov

    Ukraine and NATO do not intend to hold joint exercises in the Sea of Azov, said Vadym Prystaiko, head of Ukraine’s NATO representation.

    “Joint exercises or operations in the Sea of Azov will definitely be perceived by Russia as provocation. The Alliance does not plan to provoke Russia… We do not yet have plans to conduct exercises in the Sea of Azov with NATO,” he told Interfax-Ukraine in an interview.

    He also pointed out that bringing military ships into the Sea of Azov is currently …

  • US: Russia’s actions in Sea of Azov infringe on Ukraine’s sovereignty

    Russia’s aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov are a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, said US Deputy Representative to the UN Jonathan Cohen at a UN Security Council session on Tuesday.

    “The aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov, where Russia is preventing access to Ukrainian ports, are a violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity, and undermine international law,” the American diplomat observed.

    According to Cohen, this interferes with both the process of …

  • Ukraine prepares collective lawsuit against Russia because of detention of ships in the Sea of Azov

    Ukraine is working to ensure that other countries, whose vessels Russian border guards detained in the Sea of Azov, joined the lawsuit against Russia, said the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin in a commentary to the Current Time television channel on September 14 during the 15th annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES) in Kyiv.

    "What we are currently doing in the framework of our legal suits, as part of the consolidation of our partners, is collectively act within the …

  • Russia blocks the Sea of Azov

    Russia took complete control over the Sea of Azov. During the past week, Russia did not allow any ships to pass through the Kerch Strait to reach the Ukraine ports. The ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk are almost empty, writes the expert of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs non-profit organization and reporter of BlakcSeaNews, Andrei Klimenko on his Facebook page.

    "Between 07:00 (local Moscow time) on August 14, 2018, and 9:00 (local Moscow time) on August 21, 2018, the Russian Federation has not …

  • Ukrainian President intends to prevent Russia from inspecting ships in the Azov Sea

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced his country’s plans to challenge the actions of Russian border guards who are inspecting ships in transit to Ukrainian ports.    “We are now faced with the question of how we will strengthen the protection from the sea,” the presidential press-service quotes Poroshenko. “We will not tolerate the illegal capture of Ukrainian and foreign ships moving toward Ukrainian ports, including Mariupol.”   Poroshenko said that he gave the appropriate orders to …