The Ukrainian delegation to the UN accused the Russian side of violating the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), as it stated at the session of the UN General Assembly Sixth Committee, Ukrinform reports.
“Russia’s current target after the temporary occupation of Crimea is control over the Azov Sea. Having built a bridge over the Kerch Strait illegally, Russia started regularly violating the freedom of the international navigation for the Ukrainian and foreign vessels,” the Ukrainian side stated.
It was also stressed that this is a gross violation of on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Due to this, Ukraine urged the UN member stated to take immediate steps to stop the aggression and prevent the danger the Russian side creates in this region.
Over the past three months, Russia's activity in the Azov Sea has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow commercial vessels going to and leaving Ukrainian ports to pass through the Kerch Strait without hindrance. In this regard, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff and the Ukrainian Navy to take measures to stop Russian provocations with regard to blocking the entry of ships into Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has developed a set of measures in response to Russia's actions. At the same time, it was reported that the package of measures includes, among other things, restrictions on passenger traffic with Russia.
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.
Ukraine also supports the imposition of sanctions against Russian Black Sea ports due to the blockade of the Sea of Azov.