Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) November 28, 2018 – Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan had held an expanded meeting with the heads of enterprises, institutions and organizations that are in the management of the Ministry of Infrastructure, including the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA).
This is a response to an action on November 25 when Russia seized three small Ukrainian navy ships after opening fire against them, near the annexed, since 2014, Crimean peninsula, leading to an accusation by Ukraine that it is trying to blockade its Azov Sea ports.
Ukraine claims that Russia detains ships sailing to and from its ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk on the Azov Sea thus disrupting trade.
“I gave a separate mandate to strengthen the protection and defense of stations, railways, airports, ports and other infrastructure. We also introduce a special mode of operation of rail transport. It provides for the provision of the capacity of the railway network and the rolling stock for defense purposes in the main directions determined by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Also, the priority in the appointment of trains will be determined by the need for transportation in the conditions of the war period, according to the decisions of the military command”, said Volodymyr Omelyan.
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