Taman, Russia (PortSEurope) December 2, 2021 – Over 160 ships were awaiting passage through the Kerch Strait, which on December 1 was impossible to navigate due to strong winds and difficulties for the disembarkation of pilots. On November 30 more than 200 ships were prevented from exiting or entering the Azov Sea through the Kerch Strait that connect it to Black Sea. As part of
an unannounced blockade of the Sea of Azov, Russia increased the holding time of Ukrainian ships using Mariupol and Berdiansk ports. Ukrainian ships carrying exports from Ukraine’s Mariupol and Berdiansk (Berdyansk) ports on the Azov Sea were delayed for more than one day, according to data from the Monitoring group of the Institute for Black Sea Strategic Studies, the Maidan of Foreign Affairs and Black Sea News. The three pro-Ukrainian organisations describe the delays as Russia’s economic war against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov. Russia’s Foreign Ministry claims that the movement of merchant ships through the Kerch Strait, including to Ukrainian ports, is not restricted. All this is happening in the background of Russia’s occupation of Crimea and other Ukrainian territories since 2014 and the problems created by the new Kerch strait bridge (built in 2018 for $3 billion), limiting the size of the ships entering Azov Sea from the Black Sea. The Sea Azov Sea is a body of water enclosed by the Crimean and Taman peninsulas at the Kerch Strait. More PortSEurope news about the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.
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