The Kerch Strait hyperlinks the Azov Sea with the Black Sea. Earlier this 12 months, the Russian authorities opened a 19-kilometer bridge throughout the strait, making a highway linking Russia’s Krasnodar area with the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014.
In an announcement launched Sunday, the Ukrainian ministry of protection mentioned site visitors by the strait had been blocked by a tanker anchored close to the Kerch Strait bridge. Russian state information company TASS, quoting Alexei Volkov, the overall director of the Crimean seaports, mentioned site visitors by the strait had been closed for safety functions.
The incident got here amid a confrontation at sea between Ukrainian and Russian vessels. Based on the Ukrainian navy, the naval vessels Berdyansk,Nikopol and Yani Kapu have been finishing up a deliberate switch from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol on the Azov Sea.
Each international locations supplied differing accounts of what adopted. The Russian Federal Safety Service’s Border Service in Crimea reported that three Ukrainian warships had illegally entered Russia’s territorial waters, and have been finishing up harmful maneuvers, TASS said. The Ukrainian navy mentioned Russian border patrol vessels “carried out overtly aggressive motion” in opposition to the Ukrainian ships, leading to harm to 1 Ukrainian ship, a navy tugboat.
Based on an announcement from the Ukrainian navy, two Russian assault helicopters have been additionally noticed monitoring Ukrainian warships.
The worldwide group has largely not acknowledged Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine. Based on TASS, a 2003 treaty confirms the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait as home waters of Russia and Ukraine.