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Small vessels not allowed to enter Black Sea in Ukraine's Odesa region

Such decision was made after the Russian aggression near Kerch Strait
16:18, 4 December 2018

State Border Guard of Ukraine

The entry of the small vessels to the Black Sea was banned in Odesa city and Odesa region since December 1, as UNIAN reported, citing the press service of Odesa border unit of Southern Regional Department of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

It is noted that the navigation of the small vessels at the water bodies is closed since the beginning of the winter and the small vessels cannot enter.

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Such restrictions were introduced to avoid the possible provocations against the Ukrainians, considering the difficult situation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, seizure of the Ukrainian sailors and ships by Russia.

The service noted that the citizens should follow the proper demands of the regulation of the Cabinet of Minister “On border regime” and order of Interior Ministry “On approval of extra temporary regime restrictions in controlled border regions.”

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As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.   

Later it was reported that 21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

Related: Border Guard Service recommends Ukrainians to refrain from visiting Russia during martial law

On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the Kerch Strait incident.

Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

Related: Russia partially unblocks Ukrainian ports in Azov Sea, - Infrastructure Minister

On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine. 

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