The traffic of the vessels through the Kerch Strait towards Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov is observed as of December 3. Volodymyr Omelyan, the Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine made such statement as the press service of the ministry reported.
“Yes, the ports Berdyansk and Mariupol are partially unblocked. The vessels carry out their movement for entrance and departure through the Kerch Strait towards the Ukrainian ports. The vessels are stopped by the Ukrainian side, checked as before; however, the traffic is partially restored,” Omelyan claimed.
According to him, 17 vessels wait for the entrance to the Sea of Azov, one aims to leave the sea and nine vessels are docked at the ports.
Omelyan noted that the unblocking of the Ukrainian ports was made possible thanks to coordinated actions of the Ukrainian government, tough and unambiguous international response and attention of the foreign media.
“Yesterday along with Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Petrenko and Head of Ukraine’s Sea Ports Administration, we made the extended joint press conference in Mariupol port for the foreign media, during which we reported on the violations of the international right by the Russian Federation, economic and geopolitical threats of the blocking of Azov ports and we have urged the international society to speak up together for the defense of the democracy, peace and freedom in Ukraine,” the message said.
Earlier Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported that the vessels accidents were spotted in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov due to the blocking of the Kerch Strait by the Russian Federation.
As we reported the Russian Federation has blocked the movement of civilian ships in the Sea of Azov due to the confrontation with the ships of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, which were passing from Odesa (the Black Sea) to Mariupol (the Sea of Azov).
Later it was reported that the Russian Federation has lifted the restriction of movement of civilian vessels across Kerch Strait. The ships already cross it. According to the official who represents the Crimean occupant authorities, the decision took effect movement at about 4 am, November 26.