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Water areas of Russian Black Sea ports declared zones of military threat by Ukraine

Saturday, 5 August 2023, 12:49
Water areas of Russian Black Sea ports declared zones of military threat by Ukraine
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Ukraine has posted a coastal report declaring the water areas of six Russian ports in the Black Sea to be under military threat on Friday, 4 August.

Source: Derzhhidrohrafiia (State Hydrography) citing coastal report No 118 [Derzhhidrohrafiya is a Ukrainian state institution responsible for navigation and hydrographic support within the exclusive (maritime) economic zone of Ukraine in the Black and Azov seas, as well as on inland waterways – ed.].

The message specifies that the water areas in question are the internal and external roadsteads of the ports of Anapa, Novorossiysk, Gelendzhik, Tuapse, Sochi and Taman.

 
REPORT: DERZHHIDROHRAFIIA

The basis for this announcement is Order No 5 of the Ukrainian Navy, dated 4 August 2023.

Background:

  • After withdrawing from the grain deal, the Russian Federation announced that it will consider all vessels heading to Ukrainian seaports from 20 July to be potential carriers of military cargo.
  • At the same time, Ukraine mirrored the statement, warning that it would consider all vessels bound for Russian ports or occupied Ukrainian ports as carrying military goods.
  • A Russian chemical tanker SIG was damaged in the Kerch Strait due to an uncrewed surface vessel attack on the evening of 4 August. Russia claimed that no fuel leak from the tanker has been recorded, according to Russian media.
  • Later, Interfax Ukraine, citing a source in the Security Service of Ukraine, reported that the SSU was behind the special operation.

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