The European Union blamed Russia for the ongoing militarization of occupied Crimea and limited nagivation across Kerch strait. That is mentioned in the EU statement cited by Ukrinform news agency; the claim was made during the session of OSCE Permanent Council on July 23.
In particular, the EU criticized further attempts to restrict the navigation across Kerch strait, including to and from the Sea of Azov.
Besides, Brussels is worried about the fact that the occupant government of Crimea passed the law on exclusive rights of Russian citizens to own the lands in certain "border" areas of the peninsula.
The EU expects that these and further breaches of the international in the occupied Crimea could affect the security situation in Ukraine, specifically in the Black Sea region.
Earlier, Ukrainian parlimanentary ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova claimed that Russia has lately brought 21,000 servicemen and 1,367 vehicles to the peninsula. According to her, in the town of Feodosia, the workers began construction of the new military camp for 300 servicemen. The Russian government sent to Crimea thousands of workers and more than a thousand of special vehicles - allegedly to help the locals cope with the consequences of floods. Denisova claims that the overall number of Russian mercenaries in Crimea exceeds 31,000.