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Russian ships block sea economic zones of Ukraine, - Ministry of Defense

The stay of foreign ships in the Ukrainian ports is a factor of deterring Russia in the Black Sea area
15:43, 11 May 2019
The ships of the Russian Federation on a permanent basis block large areas of the Black and Azov Seas under the guise of military drills. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Defense, Anatoly Petrenko, the press service of the Ministry of Defense reports.

According to him, Russia is particularly active in the western part of the Black Sea, "namely around the illegally seized our oil and gas fields on the underwater shelf, which are constantly guarded by the forces and means of the Black Sea Fleet."

“And what concerns our exclusive economic zones is also constantly under the control of warships of the Russian Federation,” he said.

Petrenko also stressed that the control of passage through the Kerch Strait "remains the prerogative of the Russian Federation", thereby "violating international law on free civil navigation."

"At the same time, a set of forces and means of the Ukrainian Navy is deployed to protect the economic activities of our ports in Berdyansk and Mariupol. They performs tasks that allow to eliminate threats that may occur from the sea direction," he stressed.

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine decided to boost the work of units in the Azov and Black Sea region. The press office of the Ministry reported that on April 22. 

'Ukraine is a maritime country. It has the longest coastline among the countries of Azov and Black Sea region (2759.2 km) and over 72,000 square kilometers of the exclusive maritime economic zone. This is why we boost the work of the Ministry's units in this sector, creating the unified security system, which will comprise of members of the State Border Guard, the National Guard and the National Police'. Vadym Troyan, the Deputy Minister said so at a briefing in Kyiv.

The security system will be reinforced by the Ministry's aviation safety units and the civil defense units. It will be the new mechanism of monitoring and operative response, mobile groups and exchange of information.

Troyan noted that Ukraine has reliable partners in terms of protection of the coastline, namely the U.S. Coast Guard, Turkey, the EU, the Baltic States and Frontex, the EU authority responsible for the protection of EU external borders.

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