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Ilmenite Cargo Reloaded in the Kerch Strait onto the German Ship Again   

The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group continues to publish our monitoring results of the vessel violations of the Ukrainian and international maritime sanctions regarding the Russia-occupied Crimea. 

13.01.2018 Full story

Databаse of airplanes that flew to the occupied Crimea and EU member-states, USA and other destinations in 2017   

The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group presents the list of the aircrafts that flew to the occupied Crimea, as well as to EU member-states, USA and other countries in 2017. 

10.01.2018 Full story

German Ship Delivers 10,000 Tons of Ilmenite from Norway to the Occupied Crimea’s Titan Plant – a BSNews Investigation   

The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group continues to publish our monitoring results of the vessel violations of the Ukrainian and international maritime sanctions regarding the Russia-occupied Crimea. 

27.12.2017 Full story

Illegal Visits of Foreign Citizens to the Territory of the Occupied Crimea in October 2017 – Monitoring Results   

The monitoring group of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs, the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies and BlackSeaNews has summarized the results of monitoring the illegal visits of foreign citizens to the occupied Crimean peninsula.

26.12.2017 Full story

The Illegal Visits of Foreign Citizens to the Occupied Crimea in September 2017 - the Monitoring Results.   

The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group has identified 37 foreign — non-Russian — violators of the occupied territory regime in September 2017. This is not an exhaustive list, as the identification process continues and the blacklist will be added to.

15.12.2017 Full story

Violation of the Crimean Maritime Sanction in September-October 2017: the Lebanese-Egyptian Fleet   

The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group continues to publish our monitoring results of the vessel violations of the Ukrainian and international maritime sanctions regarding the Russia-occupied Crimea. 

14.12.2017 Full story

A Database of the Russian Airlines that Flew to the Occupied Crimea in October 2017   

The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group presents the list of the Russian airlines illegal flights to the occupied Crimea in October 2017. 

05.12.2017 Full story

Illegal Visits of Foreign Citizens to the occupied Crimea in August 2017 – Monitoring Results   

By encouraging and facilitating the visits to the occupied peninsula, especially for foreigners, Russia tries to demonstrate that more and more citizens of the Western countries, violating the order of entry into the temporarily occupied territory, consider the Crimea Russian and that “the sanctions do not work” and therefore, it’s time to officially recognize Crimea part of the Russian Federation.

25.10.2017 Full story

Database of the Russian Airlines that Flew to the Occupied Crimea in September 2017   

The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group presents the list of the Russian airlines illegal flights to the occupied Crimea in September 2017. 

25.10.2017 Full story

The Stormy Summer of 2017 in the Ports of the Occupied Crimea: "Foreign Crimean Grain Fleet" and… Ukrainian Reloaders   

The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, Maidan of Foreign Affairs and BlackSeaNews monitoring center continues presenting the results of its ongoing monitoring of the violations of the Ukrainian and international sanctions against the Russian-occupied Crimea by the sea vessels.

23.10.2017 Full story

The Stormy Summer of 2017 in the Ports of the Occupied Crimea: the Real Numbers of the Infringing Vessels and Lay-Up as a Growth Factor (1)   

The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, Maidan of Foreign Affairs and BSNews monitoring center continues presenting the results of its ongoing monitoring of the violations of the Ukrainian and international sanctions against the Russian-occupied Crimea by the sea vessels.

20.10.2017 Full story

A database of the Russian airlines that have flown to the occupied Crimea in August, 2017   

The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group presents the list of the Russian airlines illegal flights to the occupied Crimea in August 2017. 

15.09.2017 Full story

Turkish Dry Cargo Vessel Carrying Ore to the Titan Plant in the Occupied Crimea Broke in Half at the Entrance to the Bosphorus - Photo, Video   

The Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group continues to publish our monitoring results of the vessel violations of the Ukrainian and international maritime sanctions regarding the Russia-occupied Crimea. 

27.08.2017 Full story

Cons and pros of visa regime with Russia - Oleksandr Khara   

If Ukraine introduces a visa regime with Russia, Moscow is likely to resort to a mirror response. However, they will look into the possible repercussions. - Oleksandr KHARA, Maidan of Foreign Affairs

09.06.2017 Full story

Violations of the Crimean maritime sanctions in February 2017: Russia, Turkey, Romania, Egypt   

The Maidan Foreign Affairs Monitoring Group and BSNews continue to publish the monthly monitoring results of violations by Ukrainian and international maritime vessels of the sanctions against the occupied Crimea.

01.04.2017 Full story

Rosmorport bought an old Israeli liner ROYAL IRIS for the Crimea cruises – a BSNews investigation    

In the course of a journalistic investigation, the monitoring group of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs and the BSNews has revealed a carefully concealed by the Russian Federation in the fear of sanctions passenger liner scheduled for the cruise route Sochi - (Novorossiysk?) - Yalta - Sevastopol - Istanbul - Sochi. In the interest of the security of information sources, the methodology and the course of the journalistic investigation are not disclosed.

01.04.2017 Full story

Crimea: Summary of Monitoring the Violations of the Sanctions and of the Occupied Territories Regime in December 2016   

The monitoring group of the BSNews and the Maidan of Foreign Affairs has summed up the results of the daily monitoring of violations of the sanctions and the occupied territories regime for December 2016. 

11.03.2017 Full story

A database of the Russian airlines that have flown to the occupied Crimea in January, 2017   

The BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group has summed up the illegal flights of the Russian airlines to the occupied Crimea in January 2017.

01.03.2017 Full story

Russian illegal flights to the occupied Crimea in February 2017 and database   

The BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group has compared the number of illegal flights by the Russian airlines to the occupied Crimea in February 2017 with that in the corresponding months of 2015 and 2016.

01.03.2017 Full story

Summary of Monitoring the Violations of the Sanctions and the Occupied Territories Regime in October and November, 2016   

The joint BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group has summed up the results of the daily monitoring of violations of sanctions and the regime of the occupied territory in the Crimea in October-November 2016.

21.02.2017 Full story

Swiss company, Ukrainian prosecutors trade accusations, work to end conflict   

The Ukrainian branch of Swiss company Risoil S. A. went public with a claim that Ukraine’s prosecutors were putting illegal pressure on it. On Feb. 7, the Security Service of Ukraine — in an apparent reference to Risoil — reported on its website that an international company seized three hectares of land worth $4 million that belonged to the state port in Chornomorsk, a city 495 kilometers south of Kyiv in Odesa Oblast.

13.02.2017 Full story

Violations of the Crimean Maritime Sanctions and of the Occupied Territory Regime in January 2017   

The Maidan Foreign Affairs and BSNews monitoring Group has summed up the results of the daily monitoring of the violations of the sanctions against the occupied Crimea and the occupied territory regime for January 2017.

12.02.2017 Full story

Russian illegal flights to the occupied Crimea in October-November 2016 and database since the annexation   

The BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group has compared the number of illegal flights by the Russian airlines to the occupied Crimea in October-November 2016 with that in the corresponding months of 2014 and 2015.

03.01.2017 Full story

The Effectiveness of the Maritime Sanctions in Relation to the Occupation of Crimea. «The Turkish List» (3)   

The "Maidan of Foreign Affairs" and BSNews monitoring group has conducted a special investigation of the vessel offenders related to Turkey. According to the results of the special investigation, of the 276 vessels-offenders that have called at the ports of Crimea between the beginning of the annexation on March 18, 2014 and December 1, 2016, 68 vessels operating under different flags are related Turkey according to the registration of the ship owner and/or operator. That represents 24.6% of the total quantity.

20.12.2016 Full story

Blacklist: 260 foreign ships that entered Crimea over period of annexation as of August 15, 2016   

The monitoring group of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs and BSNews present to our readers the "black list", or rather, the complete database of ships that in violation of the Ukrainian legislation and the international sanctions, docked at the ports of the occupied Crimea since its annexation, i.e. from March 18, 2014 to August 15, 2016.

12.09.2016 Full story

Atlantic Council about BSNews: Retribution in the New Crimea    

Melinda HARING, editor of UkraineAlert at the Atlantic Council. Five days after release of Crimean journalist Andrii Klymenko’s report in March 2015— Human Rights Abuses in Russian-Occupied Crimea — Russia’s Federal Security Service charged him with challenging the annexation’s legitimacy and threatening Russian sovereignty. Under Article 280 of Russia’s criminal code, Klymenko faces up to five years in jail...

06.08.2015 Full story

Blacklist: 105 foreign ships that entered Crimea over period of annexation (Russian and Ukrainian not included)   

According to Maidan of Foreign Affairs, more than 216 foreign trade vessels entered the occupied seaports of Crimea since the occupation. Russia is the top violator of the sanctions regime on this annexed territory of Ukraine: 101 Russian vessels account for 46.75% of the total number of violators. Russia is followed by Turkey with 52 vessels or 24.14%, Greece with 28 vessels or 13%. Overall, vessels registered in these three states that have entered Crimea since the time of annexation make 83.8% of the total number.

 

21.07.2015 Full story

On Turkey, Principles, Interests and Just Political Games.   

Bohdan Yaremenko, Chairman of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs, on the Turkish President’s official visit to Ukraine. We hear that next week Turkish President, Recep Erdogan, will visit Ukraine. The event is worth to be thoroughly analyzed. But before, there is one small but significant caveat.  In a month, on April 24, the world or at least a big and very important for Ukraine part of it, will honor the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire that took place 100 years ago.

20.03.2015 Full story

Turkey and integrity of Ukraine: Turkish ferry RAINBOW entered Evpatoriya seaport three times in 2015, departured from Zonguldak    

Andriy KLYMENKO, Maidan of Foreign Affairs (Kyiv), BSNews. Turkey is negotiating the resumption of the Zonguldak-Yevpatoriya ferry line with the authorities of the occupied Crimea. A trial ferry trip and statements on it by the Yevpatoriya seaport officials once again confirm the fact that Turkey is no longer a friend to Ukraine or Crimean Tatars. How will the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry respond to this?

04.03.2015 Full story

«Cruise September»: SERENISSIMA, a 54 years old expeditionary cruise vessel, is in the Black Sea    

Andriy KLYMENKO, «Maidan of Foreign Affairs», BSNewsKyiv-Yalta. The turbulent past 10 months have distracted BSNews from cruise monitoring which has still been among the most important ones for us and our subscribers for years. Based on our monitoring for September 2014 we are returning to this analysis under the new conditions, with Crimea annexed by Russia. September is the most telling month for Black Sea cruises. 

11.10.2014 Full story

USS Ross (DDG 71), the US missile destroyer arrived at Constanta on its way to Odesa / Photo-report   

Andriy KLYMENKO, Maidan of Foreign Affairs (Kyiv), BSNews Chief Editor. Uss Ross (DDG 71), the US Navy missile destroyer arrived at Constanta, Romania on September 5, 2014 in the course of patrolling the Black Sea. The vessel is heading to Odesa area on September 7, 2014 to participate in the Sea Breeze 2014 Ukrainian-US naval training.

09.09.2014 Full story

Blacklist: vessels, entered the Crimean occupied seaports   

Andriy KLYMENKO, Olha KORBUT, Maidan of Foreign Affairs, BSNews, Yalta-Kyiv. Maidan of Foreign Affairs and BSNews monitoring group publishes the blacklist of vessels (3rd edition) that entered Crimean seaports after Crimea was occupied and annexed by Russia. The list currently includes 91 vessels, with 38 Russian, 24 Turkish and 14 Greek vessels.

19.08.2014 Full story

Andriy Klymenko: A Strategy to Bring Crimea Back to Ukraine: Return is Inevitable   

Andriy KLYMENKO, Head of Supervisory Board, Maidan of FA, BSNews Chief Editor, Yalta-Kyiv. It’s amazing:  just three months ago, when the Kremlin signed a shocking act of annexation, for us in Crimea it seemed like it would remain that way for many, many years. Today, despite the increasingly brutal and unpredictable aggression of the Russian Federation in Donbas, it appears that it will happen much faster. Time is accelerated here now. A day is a month. And sometimes even more.

 

 

03.08.2014 Full story

Head of the Ukrainian delegation in BSEC Parliamentary Assembly Olena Netetska: "Black Sea region needs new ideas on collaboration"   1

From BSNews editorial staff: On February 20, 2013 the People's Deputy of Ukraine from one of the Crimean districts Olena Netetska headed the delegation of our country to the BSEC Parliamentary Assembly, and at the 41st General Assembly of the BSEC Parliamentary Assembly in Sophia on July 9 – 11, 2013 she was elected as the Deputy Chairman of the BSEC Parliamentary Assembly. BSNews has asked Ms. Netetska to share her thoughts and plans in the article for our edition.

23.09.2013 Full story

Black Sea Container market review: first half of 2013   1

Informall Business Group, specially for BSNews. In first half of 2013 Black Sea container terminals of Romania, Ukraine, Georgia and Bulgaria handled 1 275 356 TEU, including empties, but transshipment is not included. In this review all data is related to laden containers and general amount was 876 194 TEU. In result general growth in the region for laden containers for the first half of 2013 was 7,33%, comparing to the same period of 2012.

30.08.2013 Full story

Don’t write off the Russian Navy   1

Vladimir YEVSEYEV, director of the Center for Public Policy Research, Moscow, specially for BSNews. However, in mid-May, the Mediterranean force saw its status upgraded to being directly subordinate to the General Staff of the Russian Navy. On June 1, the formation, consisting of 16 warships, plus auxiliary vessels and three helicopters, commenced military duty under the command of the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleev.

08.07.2013 Full story

Potential of container market of Georgia   2

Informall Business Group, specially for BSNews. Last years container market of Georgia had the most rapid growth among other countries of the Black Sea and still has a space for further growth. Existing volumes of Georgian container market have significantly increased during last 5 years. In 2007 Georgian container market was only 8,8% of the Black Sea market but according to Informall forecasts in 2013 it shall be already 14,6%. Volumes increased from almost 200k TEU in 2008 to 357k TEU in 2012.

30.06.2013 Full story

Joint Declaration of the Ministers Participating in the meeting of the Ministers in Charge of Economy of the BSEC Member States    1

Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, Mihail ROZENSHTEJN (photo),  BSNews. The Meeting of the Ministers in charge of Economy of the BSEC Member States was held in Yalta, Ukraine, on 23 May 2013, under the Chairmanship-in-Office of Ukraine. The representatives of the Member States discussed and adopted a joint declaration. In the said document titled the “Joint Declaration of the Ministers Participating in the Meeting of the Ministers in charge of Economy of the BSEC Member States,” the Ministers declared their willingness to join efforts for the optimization of the economic, social, infrastructural, natural, scientific and technical potential for the creation of favorable conditions for integration in the Black Sea region.

03.06.2013 Full story

The South Caucasus countries and their security dimension   1

Eugene KOGANThe Center for International and European Studies (CIES), Istanbul. The two unresolved conflicts in the South Caucasus hang over Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia like the Sword of Damocles. As seen from every view point, Russia’s influence, levers and policy toward conflicts resolution remain the key issues. As long as Moscow maintains a status quo policy and keeps the outside actors at arm’s length from the region, the unresolved conflicts will continue to fester.

30.05.2013 Full story

Exclusive Istanbul interview with Turkish Airlines Vice-President Mehmet Baspinar    1

Andrei KLIMENKO, Alexey SOLOVIEV, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, BSNews. On March 8, 2013, being on visit to Istanbul on our "Black Sea" issues regarding our interaction with BSEC, we managed to interview Mr. Mehmet Baspinar, Vice President  on “our region” in the head office of Turkish Airlines.  We realized, that to make it into the head office of the largest airlines of the world is predeterminedly anything but simple. But ... Well, all told, just read.

04.04.2013 Full story

Turkey and the new energy politics of the Black Sea region   1

Mitat CELIKPALA, Associate Professor at Kadir Has University, Istanbul.  Energy competition in the Black Sea region, which was not in the spotlight in the post-2008 Russia- Georgia war period and was under the influence of the international financial crisis, has been showing signs of revival with the prospects of economic recovery and the signing of new agreements. For the last few years, Turkey has been trying to implement a comprehensive energy and foreign policy by considering alternative pipelines. This has not been an easy task for a transit country.

25.02.2013 Full story

Transnistrian Conflict: State of Affairs and Prospects of Settlement   3

Natalya BELITSER, Kyiv, Ukraine. The ‘frozen’ situation of this conflict has essentially changed over the last couple of years. Therefore, in order to assess the new opportunities, but also risks and challenges linked to these changes, this paper addresses the background and the environment in which the conflict developed, and previous attempts of its resolution...

27.01.2013 Full story

The European Neighbourhood Policy's First Decade In The Eastern Neighborhood   

Elena GNEDINA, Nicu POPESCU, Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, specially for BSNews. In this period, the EU undoubtedly developed and intensified its relations with most of its eastern neighbors, but has hardly managed to 'change' them or significantly alter the course of their development...

23.01.2013 Full story

Kostyantyn Hryshchenko in interview with BSNews: «For the Black Sea region vision of the common future is important»    1

Andrei Klimenko, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, BSNews. On December 15, 2012 Istanbul hosted the 27th summit of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation, during which Ukraine formally accepted from Turkey the BSEC chairmanship.The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn HRYSHCHENKO gave an exclusive interview to BSNews before the summit’s opening ...

31.12.2012 Full story

Crimean Economy without myths (6). The Crimean tourism in the Black Sea context.    

Andrei Klimenko, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, BlackSeaNews. The competitive situation in the Black Sea region makes the Crimea to answer the main question: in what segments of the travel industry it must "rush to catch up the run-away train", and where to look for new and ingenious ways of tourism development with due account of global trends ...

27.11.2012 Full story

Illegal ship dumpings in the Black Sea according to the data of space imagery in September - October 2012/Investigation by ScanEX and BSNews   

Andrei KLIMENKO, BSNews Chief Editor. «ScanEx» (Russian Federation) sent us results of satellite monitoring of the Black Sea in September-October, 2012, detecting large sized ship source slick pollution in the Russian and Ukrainian sectors. We added our own investigation results to our colleagues’ researchers...

03.11.2012 Full story

Crimean economy without myths (5). The Black Sea competition in tourism from BSN.    

Andrei Klimenko, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA, BlackSeaNews We based the following analysis of the current situation with competition in tourism in the Black Sea area  on publications of the BSN news feeds. It is the authors’ opinion that some trends call the players of this market for significant adjustment of tourism policy - both in the Crimea, and in the region. Of course, if business can defer to the opinion of the experts :) ...

03.11.2012 Full story

The new Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization - BSEC - in an exclusive interview with BSNews   

Andrei KLIMENKO, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA (photo), Michael ROZENSHTEIN (photo),  BSNews. This conversation took place in early October, when the Moldovan diplomat and historian, Professor Victor Tvircun has worked for the first three months as the Secretary General of BSEC. We took advantage of his profession in order to talk about the "historic risks" and historical perspectives for the Black Sea economies...

30.10.2012 Full story

Crimean economy without myths ... about tourism (4) Exclusive from BlackSeaNews   

Andrei Klimenko, Tatiana GUCHAKOVA,  BlackSeaNews. For nearly 130 years tourist perception of the Crimea has been the naively usual and naively natural context of all the philistine concepts of its development... But six months ago, resorts and tourism have officially become number one priority of the new strategy of the Crimea ... What are the risks and what the Crimean government can rely on? What will turn out of this?

01.10.2012 Full story

Forest in Yalta is on fire again. Forest fire at the time of Yalta rally near the Uchan-Su waterfall / PHOTO / VIDEO   

Andrei Klimenko, BSNews. At about 07:15 (LT) September16, 2012 we noticed smoke in the hard-to-reach location at the foot of the rocky slope of the  Ai-Petri Mount at the height of about 200 meters above the waterfall Ychan-Su. About 8:10 helicopter Mi-2 of Yalta mountain-forest preserve showed up above the seat of fire. At 9:42 Mi-8 helicopter of the Crimean branch of Ministry of Emergency of Ukraine arrived from Simferopol and made the first discharge of water onto the fire seat ...

16.09.2012 Full story
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