Militarization of the Black Sea

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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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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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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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Maritime borders as a key element of Ukrainian state building

20 May 2020

The article addresses the types of modern Ukraine’s maritime spaces from the standpoint of international maritime law and national legislation provisions, and analyzes international documents that establish maritime borders between Ukraine and other coastal states.

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Closure of the Black Sea in April, 2020

30 April 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 April, 2020.

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Closure of the Black Sea in March, 2020

03 April 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 March, 2020.

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The (Un)Foreseen Storm-2 – from Crimea to Odesa. Maritime Risks in 2020: The Black Sea

27 March 2020

It is worth reminding that the maritime risks in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, related to possible actions of the Russian Federation, based on the experience of 2014-2019, not only in the Ukrainian-Russian but also in the macro-regional context – the Black Sea-Mediterranean. The Russian attack on Georgia in 2008 shook, and the occupation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 shifted the long conservation of the entire geopolitical rift – from Gibraltar to Mariupol.

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The policy of non-recognition of the attempt to annex the Crimean peninsula

03 March 2020

The Monitoring group of the Institute for Black Sea Strategic Studies, the Maidan of Foreign Affairs and BlackSeaNews are glad to share with you the proposals that we made in Brussels in the European Parliament and European External Action Service on February 19-20, 2020.

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Wild tulips under Russian bombs. The destruction of the Opuk nature reserve

09 February 2020

From the first days of the occupation of Crimea, the Russian Federation has been systematically pursuing its main goal – total militarization of the peninsula. There is no doubt that it is the value of Ukrainian peninsula from the geopolitical and strategic points of view that have been the main "engine" of attempts to subjugate Crimea to the political goals of the Russian Federation since the collapse of the USSR.

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A «Russian Lake»: the Nine Aspects of the Current Situation in the Black Sea

04 August 2019

The situation in the Black Sea is changing. Its ongoing transformation into a de facto Russian lake is a direct consequence of the occupation and subsequent militarization of Crimea. The analysis is aimed at anyone who cares about the region.

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

09 September 2014

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.

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Don’t write off the Russian Navy

08 July 2013

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.