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No Change in the Sea of Azov: The Duration of Artificial Delays of Vessels in the Kerch Strait. The Monitoring for August 2020

19 September 2020
In August 2020, the average duration of artificial delays of vessels going from the Black Sea to Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov, Mariupol and Berdiansk, by the RF was 21.2 hours. This figure was almost the same as in July 2020. 25% of the vessels entered the Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov in a mode that can be considered normal, that is with a delay of 0-6 hours. In June, this proportion was 55.3%, in July – 35.7%.
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The «​​​​​​​War of Exercises» in the Black Sea: A New Very Dangerous Stage that Cannot Be Ignored

30 August 2020
On 21-22 July 2020, during the Ukrainian-American international naval exercise Sea Breeze 2020, an event took place in the Black Sea that despite being reported by many media outlets did not receive much publicity in the world during the summer vacation season.
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Closure of the Black Sea in July, 2020

17 August 2020
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, 2020.
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The Duration of Artificial Delays of Vessels in the Kerch Strait Returns to Pre-Epidemic Figures. The Monitoring for July 2020

14 August 2020
The Monitoring Group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies and BlackSeaNews is glad to share with you the latest in a series of our monthly studies on Russia's economic war against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov. In July 2020, the average duration of artificial delays of vessels en route from the Black Sea to Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov (Mariupol and Berdiansk) by the RF was 21.4 hours. This is almost 2 times longer than in June 2020.
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New Ukrainian Sanctions: What Was Added to and What Is Missing from the List. Updated Sanctions Database

22 July 2020

The Monitoring Group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, the Maidan of Foreign Affairs, and BlackSeaNews has analysed the list of legal entities contained in this decision and updated the general database of legal entities subject to sanctions imposed by Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union in connection with the aggression against Ukraine.

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And Again COVID-19: A Hidden Epidemic in Crimea Eases the Blockade in the Kerch Strait. The Monitoring Results for June 2020

15 July 2020
Over the past months, the Monitoring Group has become convinced that the main factor that has caused a reduction in the duration of artificial delays of vessels before obtaining the permission to pass through the Kerch Strait is the spread of the coronavirus epidemic not only in the ships’ countries of origin but first and foremost in Krasnodar Krai of the RF and occupied Crimea, where ships and boats of the Coast Guard of the Border Service of the FSB of the RF are based.
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Closure of the Black Sea in June, 2020

14 July 2020

The Monitoring Group of the Institute of Black Sea Strategic Studies, BlackSeaNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs reports that various areas of the Black Sea were closed in June, 2020.

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On Maritime Boundary Delimitation Between Ukraine and the Russian Federation

25 June 2020
The authors analyze relevant norms of the international maritime law and Ukrainian and Russian legislation in the context of delimitation of maritime boundaries, and suggest an international maritime law mechanism that could be used to delimit the maritime boundary between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
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The Issue of Legality of the Foreign Naval Military Drills Within Ukraine's Exclusive Economic Zone

24 June 2020

The article analyzes relevant norms of the International Law of the Sea and Ukrainian legislation in regard to the weapon exercises of foreign warships within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Ukraine.

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Water in Occupied Crimea: No Catastrophe. Just a 50-Year Step Backwards

17 June 2020

In recent days, the information space has once again been stirred by the situation with water supply to the occupied Crimean peninsula. For this reason, the Monitoring Group has decided to remind our readers of some basic facts and highlight some of the key points.

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Russia's Economic War Against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov and COVID-19. The Monitoring Results for May 2020

16 June 2020

In May 2020, the average duration of artificial delays of vessels en route from the Black Sea to Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov (Mariupol and Berdiansk) by the RF was 10.1 hours (the yearly average for 2019 was 29.9 hours, the average for the 1st quarter of 2020 was 34 hours). This figure was the lowest since the beginning of the de facto blockade in July 2018.

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The Maritime Expert Platform Association on Urgent Actions to De-Occupy Crimea and Counter the Occupation of the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. Proposals

11 June 2020

Since the beginning of 2020, there have been increasing signs of Russia's preparation for further aggression in the Black Sea. Military capabilities created in occupied Crimea may be used for this purpose.

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Black Sea Security: 5 Ukrainian Legal Steps

09 June 2020

The total square of the Ukrainian sea areas before the Russian invasion was 137 000 sq. km. Since 2014 Ukraine has lost control over about 100 000 sq. km of its sea areas. Russian-occupied Ukrainian sea territory equals, for example, to the total area of South Korea (100000 sq. km) or other state - Iceland (103 000 sq. km). In such a critical situation Ukraine should take 5 Legal Steps in the sphere of maritime security

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The Real Impact of Crimean Sanctions (10-11). The Cost of the Occupation to Russia and What Awaits Crimea and Sevastopol

06 June 2020

The Monitoring group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies and BSNews presents a series of publications on the real impact of Crimean sanctions on Russia's economy: © T. GUCHAKOVA, A. KLYMENKO, O. KORBUT. The Real Impact of Crimean Sanctions. Issue 2. Translated from Ukrainian by Hanna Klymenko. Edited by Andrii Klymenko and Tetyana Guchakova. – Kyiv, 2020. – 28 p.: ill.

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The Real Impact of Crimean Sanctions (9). The Updated "Crimean Sanctions Package"

06 June 2020

The Monitoring group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies and BSNews presents a series of publications on the real impact of Crimean sanctions on Russia's economy: © T. GUCHAKOVA, A. KLYMENKO, O. KORBUT. The Real Impact of Crimean Sanctions. Issue 2. Translated from Ukrainian by Hanna Klymenko. Edited by Andrii Klymenko and Tetyana Guchakova. – Kyiv, 2020. – 28 p.: ill.