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Russia blocks quarter of Black Sea,- media

Source : 112 Ukraine

Official institutions did not comment on this
11:21, 30 July 2019

112 Agency

Since July 24, Russia has blocked five areas of the Black Sea, its total square makes 118 570 km2, which is over a quarter of sea’s total square (436 402 km2), as Ukrainian Military Portal reported referring to the information from international regulations to mariners.

The mentioned regions block usual and recommended international waterways to Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, and Ukraine.

Related: Russian fleet has 37 ships in Black Sea, - intelligence

The exact reason was not mentioned. Some areas have “dangerous navigation”, some are closed for battle exercise.

It should be noted that official institutions did not comment on this.

The news agency reported that Russia does not have so much land and above-water forces to have a need to block such square in respective areas to hold battle exercise. Besides, the country does not have the required amount of watercraft to control and block respective areas to provide security of navigation and primarily fishing and some fisheries-related enterprises.

Related: UN urges Ukraine, Russia to abstain from escalation in Black Sea

Before Sea Breeze 2019, Russia blocked the area of 8000 km2 in the area of location of international drills with ships from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, U.K., and the U.S.

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