The Russian Federation does not hold the long check of the vessels in the Sea of Azov aiming to the Ukrainian ports as Sergiy Nayev, the Commander of the Joint Forces Operation, reported this to BBC Ukraine.
Answering the question about the estimation of the situation in the Azov region after the strengthening of the military presence by Ukraine, Nayev said:
“The situation has changed. The Russian Federation does not hold the long check of the vessels aiming to the Ukrainian ports. We have immediately noticed it,” he noted.
Also, Nayev said that in the area of his responsibility in the Sea of Azov, the fortifications were strengthened at the coast, particularly, the minefields along the sites considered to be dangerous for the Marine Corps.
On October 25, the European Parliament has approved the resolution, which condemns Russia's aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov.
Over the past three months, Russia's activity in the Sea of Azov has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow commercial vessels going to and leaving Ukrainian ports to pass through the Kerch Strait without hindrance.
Moreover, in July, Russia detained 148 ships for inspection in the Sea of Azov. Due to this, President Poroshenko entrusted the Defence Minister, the Head of the General Staff, and Command of Ukraine’s Naval Forces to take measures to stop Russian provocations concerning the blockade of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov.