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The Duration of Artificial Delays of Vessels in the Kerch Strait. The Monitoring for July and August 2021

13 September 2021
In July 2021, the average duration of artificial delays of vessels going from the Black Sea to the Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov, Mariupol and Berdiansk, by the RF was 31,2 hours., in August 2021 – 15,3 hours. In July 2021, vessels carrying exports from Mariupol and Berdiansk were delayed at the exit from the Sea of Azov by the Russian Federation for an average of 28,0 hours, in February 2021 – 30,7 hours.
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Closure of the Black Sea in August, 2021

07 September 2021
The Monitoring Group of the Institute of Black Sea Strategic Studies, BlackSeaNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs reports about closure of the various areas of the Black Sea in August, 2021.
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Threats to the National Maritime Security of Ukraine, Arising From Some Agreements and Formats of Cooperation With the Participation of the Russian Federation

26 August 2021
The article provides a selective legal analysis of some international agreements and existing formats of cooperation that have been used, are being used or may be used in the future by the Russian Federation (RF) in order to harm the national interest of Ukraine at sea.
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Borys Babin: International legal sources on the occupied Crimean Peninsula

26 August 2021
Expert on the international standards and acts applicable to the conflict in Ukraine, the temporary occupation of Crimea and the attempted annexation
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The Occupation of Crimea and the Situation in the Black Sea Region as Viewed by Western Think Tanks

26 August 2021
Western think tanks and individual experts began to return to the already forgotten research on Russia. Understandably, former military members and diplomats with experience in the region began to play a rather active role. American think tanks and experts are leaders among those who systematically monitor the situation in the Black Sea region and conduct relevant research. They are followed by some margin by British and German centres and analysts.
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Olena Snigyr: More than a territory: Crimea in the policy of historical memory of the Russian Federation

21 August 2021
Crimea has traditionally been the object of increased attention from Russian politicians and political scientists, but since 2014, the topic of Crimea, without exaggeration, has taken a special place in Russia’s public information space and scientific discourse. Today, the exceptional attention of Russian society to the topic of Crimea can only compete with the focus on the topic of “victory in the Great Patriotic War.
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The Militarization of Crimea as a Pan-European Threat and NATO Response. Third Edition

21 August 2021
The contents of the revised report: The Reality of the Militarization of Crimea / ... The Build-Up of Coastal and Naval Missile Capabilities in Occupied Crimea/ The Crimean Military-Industrial and Service Base of the Occupying Force Grouping/ ... The Restoration of the Crimean Nuclear Infrastructure/ The Size and Composition of the Force Grouping in Crimea/ NATO's Black Sea Dilemma/ Occupied Crimea in the Syrian War/ ... NATO's Naval Presence in the Black Sea in 2014-2021/ Current Naval Trends and Forecasts  
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Closure of the Black Sea in July, 2021

05 August 2021
The Monitoring Group of the Institute of Black Sea Strategic Studies, BlackSeaNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs reports about closure of the various areas of the Black Sea in July, 2021.
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International legal sources on the occupied Crimean Peninsula:

01 August 2021
UN Security Council // UN General Assembly // UN Conventional Bodies // International Court of Justice // International Criminal Court // European Court on Human Rights // International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea // Arbitrary proceedings in the Permanent Court of Justice (interstate claims) // Arbitrary proceedings in the Permanent Court of Justice (private claims) // OSCE Parliamentary Assembly // Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe // European Parliament //
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The Presence of NATO Non-Black Sea States’ Warships in the Black Sea in 2013-2021 / The Database

17 July 2021
The Monitoring Group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies and BlackSeaNews publishes the database «The Presence of NATO Non-Black Sea States’ Warships in the Black Sea in 2013-2021». Subsequent visits by NATO non-Black Sea states’ ships to the Black Sea will be added to this database.
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The Duration of Artificial Delays of Vessels in the Kerch Strait. The Monitoring for June 2021

12 July 2021
In June 2021, the average duration of artificial delays of vessels going from the Black Sea to the Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov, Mariupol and Berdiansk, by the RF was 13.5 hours, vessels carrying exports from Mariupol and Berdiansk were delayed at the exit from the Sea of Azov by the Russian Federation for an average of 21.7 hours.
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«Migration weapons»: the replacement of the Crimean population with Russian

11 July 2021
Summarising the statistics, calculations, and estimates outlined above, we can conclude that during the years of the occupation, the population of the peninsula, including Sevastopol, has increased by at least 700 thousand – 1 million people due to external migration. The de facto population of the Crimean Peninsula is at least 3 million people compared with 2,3 million people before the occupation...
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Closure of the Black Sea in June, 2021

05 July 2021
The Monitoring Group of the Institute of Black Sea Strategic Studies, BlackSeaNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs reports about closure of the various areas of the Black Sea in June, 2021.
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The Electronic Catalogue Research by Western Think Tanks on Crimea and the Situation in the Black Sea

01 July 2021
The electronic catalogue Research by Western Think Tanks on Crimea and the Situation in the Black Sea contains the links to over 50 analytical reports and articles written by authors from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, etc. in the period 2014-2021. The catalogue is constantly updated. The editors will gratefully accept readers' advice on additions to this library.
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The Duration of Artificial Delays of Vessels in the Kerch Strait. The Monitoring for May 2020

14 June 2021
In May 2021, the average duration of artificial delays of vessels going from the Black Sea to the Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov, Mariupol and Berdiansk, by the RF was 15.4 hours, vessels carrying exports from Mariupol and Berdiansk were delayed at the exit from the Sea of Azov by the Russian Federation for an average of 28.3 hours.