Freedom of Navigation Monitoring

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The Duration of Artificial Delays of Vessels in the Kerch Strait. The Monitoring for October 2020

14 November 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 latest in a series of our monthly studies on Russia's economic war against Ukraine at the Sea of Azov. In October 2020, 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 15,3 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 19.1 hours.
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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 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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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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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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Russia's economic war against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov: "loosening the grip" or the fear of catching the virus? – The monitoring for April 2020

16 May 2020

43 out of 97 vessels passed from the Sea of ​​Azov to the Black Sea in a mode that can be considered normal. This situation was also observed for the first time since June 2018. The main factor - is the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in the ships’ countries of origin, as well as in occupied Crimea and Krasnodar Krai of the RF, where ships and boats of the Coast Guard of the Border Service of the FSB of the RF are based

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The monitoring of the situation in the Azov Sea - March 2020

14 April 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 latest in a series of our monthly studies on Russia's economic war against Ukraine at the Sea of Azov.

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The monitoring of the situation in the Azov Sea - February 2020

12 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 latest in a series of our monthly studies on Russia's economic war against Ukraine at the Sea of Azov.

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On the Legal status of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait

16 February 2020

The article is devoted to defining the legal status of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait and the analysis of the Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on Cooperation in the Use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait (Kerch Treaty).

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Russia's Economic War Against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov as of February 1, 2020. The Technology of Blocking the Mariupol and Berdiansk Ports

13 February 2020

The total number of cases of the obstruction of the freedom of navigation to / from the Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea by the RF from May 17, 2018 to December 31, 2019 = 2249. On average, for the period from 17.05.18 to 31.12.19, each vessel lost extra 4 days per voyage because of the artificial delays, which cost approximately $40,000 per vessel.

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The monitoring of the situation in the Azov Sea - update December 2019

17 January 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 latest in a series of our monthly studies on Russia's economic war against Ukraine at the Sea of Azov.

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Blocking the Ukrainian Azov Sea Ports: a Significant Increase Under the Storm Guise

22 October 2019

Below is the monitoring team’s update on the summer-early fall 2019 developments of the already infamous process of obstructing the freedom of navigation in the Kerch Strait for seagoing ships to/from Mariupol and Berdyansk, the Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov.

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Russia's Economic War Against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov as of December 1, 2018: The Technology of Blocking the Mariupol and Berdyansk Ports

11 December 2018

Russia's economic war against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov as of December 1, 2018: the technology of blocking the Mariupol and Berdyansk ports.

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Russian Federation Blockade of the Mariupol and Berdyansk Ports: trends and statistics

29 August 2018

For the first time, the joint monitoring group of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs, the Institute of Strategic Black Sea Studies and the BlackSeaNews online portal presents the summary and analysis of the detentions of sea vessels headed to and from the Ukrainian ports in the Sea of ​​Azov — Mariupol and Berdyansk — by the Coast Guard of the FSB Border Service of the Russian Navy.

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Database of Vessels en Route from Mariupol to Berdyansk Detained by the RF Coast Guard of the Border Service of the FSB in the Azov Sea

12 July 2018

The Monitoring Group of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs, the Institute of Strategic Black Sea Studies (Kyiv) and the online edition of the BlackSeaNews present the database of sea vessels going to/from Mariupol and Berdyansk, the Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea.