The Infrastructure Ministry initiates an appeal to the National Security and Defence Council calling for forbidding Russian ships to enter Ukraine’s inland waterways, as the press office of the Ministry reported.
This was decided at the session chaired by Yuriy Lavreniuk, Deputy Infrastructure Minister.
“This is unacceptable, at the time of Russia’s aggression on Ukraine’s rivers, where the objects of the critical infrastructure are located, Russian ships are sailing. We will initiate banning of Russian ships ways on Ukraine’s rivers,” Lavreniuk said.
He informed that the Infrastructure Ministry passed the Foreign Ministry materials on unsanctioned port calls in annexed Crimea – for the further initiation into the international claim.
Earlier it was reported that 20 ships under Russian flag called at Crimean ports illegally in February 2018.
As it was reported earlier, seaports located in Crimea (Yevpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia, Yalta) are closed under the Government’s decree on some questions on the functioning of sea and river transport and the order of the Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine on shut down of seaports.
Vessels call under the foreign flags in the closed seaports and terminals located in Crimea and Sevastopol will be considered as a violation of international law norms and violation of Ukraine’s legislation, which leads to the responsibility of the ship owners, operators and ship captains, including criminal responsibility.