President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the violations of Russia in the Sea of Azov should be stopped in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the sanctions are needed. He claimed this during his speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
"Russia is not going to stop after the occupation of Crimea, the occupation of Azov Sea takes place. By the illegal construction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait, Russia has begun the obstruction of the ships' navigation through the straight. Such rude actions should be condemned as the illegal, including the violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Such actions need the enhanced sanctions regime and other targeted activities. The effectiveness of the international actions does not correspond to the expectations of the UN members very often," Poroshenko claimed.
According to Ukraine's president, if we want to build a peaceful, equal, and stable society, we have to uphold norms and principles of the UN statute and assume measures for the restoration of the justice.
"Eloquent speech of the UN statute is worthless if it is not observed. The time of words ran out, we should return to the decisive actions. UN should resist the degradation of the world order and establishment of the world without civilized rules. It should be stopped. At the same time, I emphasize the necessity to strengthen the authorities of the General Assembly; we should provide flexibility and inclusiveness of the discussion at the GA. Exactly, for this reason, Ukraine submitted a report on the current status at the occupied territories of Ukraine for the consideration of the Assembly. Its members should consider and discuss the first priority actions on this issue. We should provide a quick and efficient response to the present situation," Poroshenko claimed.
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, the 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 Azov Sea. 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.