Since Saturday, April 24, Russia has banned the passage of foreign warships and other official ships in three regions of the Black Sea. Restrictions are valid until October 31st. It was reported by DW.
The ban included an elongated section of the water area along the coast of Crimea, approximately from Sevastopol to Hurzuf, a rectangular section off the coast of the Kerch Peninsula and a small section near the western tip of Crimea. The Kerch Strait and approaches to it remained free for navigation. For what reason and in the interests of which department these areas are closed, it is not specified.
Meanwhile, more than 20 ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet returned to their bases upon completion of exercises in Crimea, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
"More than 20 warships of the Black Sea Fleet have returned to their bases after taking part in the joint-force exercise of [forces of] the Southern Military District and the Airborne Forces, which wrapped up at the Opuk range in Crimea yesterday," the Defense Ministry said.