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20 cargo ships enter Crimean ports illegally

Ships entered the ports of Sevastopol and Kerch 60 times in February
15:41, 2 March 2018

Ria

20 cargo ships have entered ports of annexed Crimea.  Press office of the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported this.

“20 cargo ships entered ports of annexed Crimea illegally from February 1 to March 1. All the ships were under the Russian flag. Those ships entered ports of Sevastopol and Kerch 60 times,” the message says.

The representatives of the Ministry added that 18 ships were recorded in the harbor areas of Sevastopol, Feodosia, Kerch and Yalta, which are used for anchorage. 16 among them were Russian, one was under Tanzanian flag and one under Maltese.

Related: Ukraine to judge Syrian captain for entering occupied Crimea ports

As we reported earlier, ports located in Crimea (Yevpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia, Yalta) are closed under the regulation of The Cabinet of Ministers (on details in terms of marine and river transport functioning) and in compliance with the order of the Ministry of Infrastructure (on seaports shut-down).

Related: 26 cargo ships violated Ukrainian law by entering Crimean seaports in 2017

Enter of ships under foreign flags into ports and terminals located in Crimea and Sevastopol will be considered a violation of international law norms, an action, which infringe the sovereignty of Ukraine and a violation of Ukraine’s legislation. This means that ship owners, ship operators and captains will bear responsibility, criminal in particular.

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