UkrInform

Ukraine and world news. Ukrinform brings the latest news, daily news, political news, business news, social news, cultural news, sports news, international news

https://www.ukrinform.net/

Ukraine at OSCE: Russia turning Sea of ​​Azov into «internal lake».

Russia continues to use its military presence in the temporarily occupied Crimea to restrict freedom of navigation through the Kerch Strait and gradually transform the Sea of ​​Azov into its "inland lake."

This was stated by Ukraine's Mission to the OSCE during a meeting of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation in Vienna on Wednesday, Ukrinform’s own correspondent reported.

The Russian Federation continues to block huge maritime areas in the Black Sea under the pretext of military exercises thus disrupting international trade and navigation. Using its military presence in the temporarily occupied Crime, the Russian Federation has been gradually transforming the Sea of Azov into its "internal lake," Ukrainian officials said.

Read also: Reznikov, Wallace discuss Navy development, Russia's hybrid actions

The Ukrainian delegation members informed representatives of the OSCE participating States of the continued restrictions on freedom of navigation through the Kerch Strait, imposed by Russia.

According to open sources, in October 2021, the average duration of Russia-imposed artificial delays facing vessels heading from the Black Sea to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of ​​Azov, Mariupol and Berdyansk, was 34.5 hours. Vessels carrying export goods in the opposite direction were being detained by Russia while exiting from the Sea of ​​Azov by an average of 37.9 hours, Ukrainian diplomats said.

They pointed out that in the period from December 2018 to December 2020 due to the threat of the so-called "Azov package" of international sanctions against Russian ports, a slight decrease was observed in the average duration of arbitrary delays vessels were subjected to before leaving the Sea of ​​Azov to the Black Sea. In 2018, the delay was 79.5 hours per vessel, while in 2019 it was 37.4 hours, and in 2020 – nearly 29.6 hours. However, over the nine months of 2021, this figure increased – to 39.7 hours per vessel."

Read also: Kerch crisis: Ukraine insists that Russia violated fundamental principle of maritime law

"We urge the Russian Federation to end its aggression against Ukraine, reverse its illegal occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, de-occupy parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and restore freedom of navigation in the Black Sea, through the Kerch Strait and in the Sea of Azov," the Ukrainian mission to the OSCE said.

im

Related news
Reznikov meets with Knesset speaker – Defense Ministry.

Reznikov meets with Knesset speaker – Defense Ministry.

As part of an official visit of the Ukrainian delegation to Israel, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov met with Speaker of the Knesset Mickey Levy, Ukrinform reports, referring to the Defense Ministry’s press service.

UkrInform

Ukraine, Israel to expand bilateral cooperation

Ukraine, Israel to expand bilateral cooperation

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov and Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction and Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Ze'ev Elkin have held in Jerusalem a plenary meeting of the joint Ukrainian-Israeli commission on trade and economic...

UkrInform

There's nothing more anti-American than this: Steve Hilton.

There's nothing more anti-American than this: Steve Hilton.

'The Next Revolution' host reflects on the state of America today on Thanksgiving weekend #FoxNews #SteveHilton Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing new...

3 333

Coronavirus Omicron Variant Leads to New Concerns and Travel Restrictions.

Coronavirus Omicron Variant Leads to New Concerns and Travel Restrictions.

More cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus are being discovered around the world. U.S. President Joe Biden’s senior health adviser says omicron “appears” to be more transmissible than other variants, but health officials are still no...

Brett Favre reflects on the unifying power of sports.

Brett Favre reflects on the unifying power of sports.

Football legend Brett Favre shares how sports are a ‘galvanizing’ way to bring people together on ‘Sunday Night in America.’ #FoxNews #Gowdy Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a...

Omicron COVID variant: Labour says 'we need to do more'.

Omicron COVID variant: Labour says 'we need to do more'.

Labour Deputy Leader Angela Rayner says the government should instruct people to wear masks in all indoor places and people should work from home to combat the Omicron variant. Six cases of the new variant have been identified in Scotland, in addi...

What happened to 'objective truth' in America?: Steven Pinker.

What happened to 'objective truth' in America?: Steven Pinker.

Pinker discusses rationality in the American discourse on 'Sunday Night in America' #FoxNews #TreyGowdy Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news servic...

1

Omicron COVID: Health Secretary says 'we can't stop it'.

Omicron COVID: Health Secretary says 'we can't stop it'.

Health Minister Edward Argar says it's 'early days' understanding the severity of the Omicron variant but he 'does not anticipate' a holiday lockdown. Speaking to Sky's Kay Burley, he said the government is trying to slow the new variant down, but...