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Ships in Ukrainian ports during the war: The port of Kherson

24 June 2022
The Monitoring Group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies and BlackSeaNews wishes to bring to your attention a new series of articles about the fate of ships that were in Ukrainian ports on 24 February 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of many regions of Ukraine.
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Blood Oil: Russia’s export of petroleum products from the ports of the Black and Azov Seas in May 2022 (1). Russian crude oil

22 June 2022
From 1 to 31 May 2022, the total amount of Russian oil and petroleum products exported from Russian ports on the Black and Azov Seas amounted to at least 13,995,558 tons. Compared to April 2022, there was an increase of 27.5% or 3 million tons.
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Russia's threats to strike at "decision-making centres": History, chronology, conclusions, and forecasts

17 June 2022
On 13 April 2022, the Russian Defence Ministry called “the strikes on Russian territories along the state border with Ukraine and sabotage operations in Russian border areas” the reason for striking at decision-making centres. Russian media immediately clarified: “It is not difficult to guess what decision-making centres we are talking about. This is the residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence, and the General Staff of the country.”
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Blood Oil: Russia’s export of oil and petroleum products from the ports of the Black and Azov Seas in April 2022

27 May 2022
From 1 to 30 April 2022, the total amount of Russian oil and petroleum products exported from Russian ports on the Black and Azov Seas amounted to at least 10,900,000 tons. The total number of oil tankers was 182. 142 oil tankers (78%) were received by the ports of NATO and EU countries. The undisputed leader was Turkey, whose ports received 56 oil tankers, or almost 30.8%. Greece ranked second with 42 oil tankers received, or almost 23.1%.
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The Presence of Russian Warships in the Mediterranean Sea as of 10 May 2022

11 May 2022
As of 10 May 2022, the same naval group is present in the Mediterranean Sea as was on 7 February 2022 - i.e. no changes have taken place over the last 3 months. There are 13 ships and 5 support vessels of the four Russian fleets, including 9 attack missile ships. This situation is a consequence of Turkey’s decision, which was announced on 27 February 2022, to ban the passage through the straits of any warships, including ships of non-Black Sea NATO countries
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Blood Oil. On 11/04–17/04/2022, at Least 50 Oil Tankers Transported About 3,000,000 Tons of Russian Oil Through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for Export

18 April 2022
The Monitoring Group of BlackSeaNews and the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies reports: on 11/04–17/04/2022, at least 50 oil tankers transported about 3,000,000 tons of Russian blood oil through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for export. Reference: 3,000,000 tons of Russian URALS oil costs about $2,000 million, which is equivalent to the cost of about 300 Russian Kalibr cruise missiles.
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Blood Oil. On 04/04–10/04/2022, at Least 42 Oil Tankers Transported About 2,200,000 Tons of Russian Oil Through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for Export

11 April 2022
The Monitoring Group of BlackSeaNews and the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies reports: on 04/04–10/04/2022, at least 42 oil tankers transported about 2,200,000 tons of Russian blood oil through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for export. Reference: 2,200,000 tons of Russian URALS oil costs about $1,400 million, which is equivalent to the cost of about 220 Russian Kalibr cruise missiles.
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Ships in Ukrainian ports during the war: The port of Mariupol

08 April 2022
The Monitoring Group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies and BlackSeaNews wishes to bring to your attention a new series of articles about the fate of ships that were in Ukrainian ports on 24 February 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of many regions of Ukraine.
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Blood Oil: Russian export of petroleum products from the ports of the Black and Azov Seas from 14/03/2022 to 31/03/2022

07 April 2022
In the second half of March 2022, the total amount of Russian oil exported from the ports of the Black and Azov Seas was at least 7,700,000 tons. The number of oil tankers was 116. The cost of this blood URALS oil is estimated at about $ 5.24 billion. This amount is equivalent to the cost of about 770 Kalibr cruise missiles. 86 oil tankers (74%) were received by the ports of NATO and EU countries. 60% of these oil tankers belong to shipowners from EU and NATO countries.
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Blood Oil. On 31/03-03/04/2022, at Least 10 Oil Tankers Transported About 140,000 Tons of Russian Oil Through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for Export

04 April 2022
The Monitoring Group of BlackSeaNews and the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies reports: on 31/03-03/04/2022, at least 10oil tankers transported about 140,000 tons of Russian blood oil through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for export. Reference: 140,000 tons of Russian URALS oil costs about $95 million, which is equivalent to the cost of about 14 Russian Kalibr cruise missiles.
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Blood Oil. On 29-30/03/2022, at Least 12 Oil Tankers Transported About 1 Million Tons of Russian Oil Through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for Export

31 March 2022
The Monitoring Group of BlackSeaNews and the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies reports: on 29-30/03/2022, at least 12 oil tankers transported about 1 million tons of Russian blood oil through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for export. Reference: 1 million tons of Russian URALS oil costs about $680 million, which is equivalent to the cost of about 100 Russian Kalibr cruise missiles.
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Blood Oil. On 28/03/2022, at Least 8 Oil Tankers Transported About 600,000 Tons of Russian Oil Through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for Export

29 March 2022
The Monitoring Group of BlackSeaNews and the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies reports: on 28/03/2022, at least 8 oil tankers transported about 600,000 tons of Russian blood oil through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for export. Reference: 600,000 tons of Russian URALS oil costs about $400 million, which is equivalent to the cost of about 60 Russian Kalibr cruise missiles.
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Ships in Ukrainian ports during the war: The Berdiansk port

28 March 2022
The Monitoring Group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies and BlackSeaNews wishes to bring to your attention a new series of articles about the fate of ships that were in Ukrainian ports on 24 February 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of many regions of Ukraine. So, what is the fate of the ships that were at that time in the commercial seaport of Berdiansk?
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Blood Oil. On 27/03/2022, at Least 8 Oil Tankers Transported About 400,000 Tons of Russian Oil Through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for Export

28 March 2022
The Monitoring Group of BlackSeaNews and the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies reports: on 27/03/2022, at least 8 oil tankers transported about 400,000 tons of Russian blood oil through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for export. Reference: 400,000 tons of Russian URALS oil costs about $280 million, which is equivalent to the cost of about 40 Russian Kalibr cruise missiles.
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Blood Oil. On 26/03/2022, at Least 6 Oil Tankers Transported About 200,000 Tons of Russian Oil Through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for Export

27 March 2022
The Monitoring Group of BlackSeaNews and the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies reports: on 26/03/2022, at least 6 oil tankers transported about 200,000 tons of Russian blood oil through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for export. Reference: 200,000 tons of Russian URALS oil costs about $140 million, which is equivalent to the cost of about 20 Russian Kalibr cruise missiles.