Freedom of Navigation Monitoring

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The Duration of Artificial Delays of Vessels in the Kerch Strait. The Monitoring for January-March 2021

13 April 2021
In January 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 54 hours, in February 2021 – 21,2 hours, in March 2021 - 14,3 hours. In January 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 44,5 hours, in February 2021 – 54,1 hours, in March 2021 - 41,8 hours.
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The Duration of Artificial Delays of Vessels in the Kerch Strait. The Monitoring for January and February 2021

24 March 2021
In January 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 54 hours., in February 2021 – 21,2 hours. In January 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 44,5 hours, in February 2021 – 54,1 hours.
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Closure of the Black Sea in February, 2021

11 March 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 February, 2021.
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The obstruction of maritime traffic in the Sea of Azov. The results of the monitoring of the intentional delays of vessels in the Kerch Strait for 2020

24 February 2021
In 2020, the average duration of the intentional delays by the RF of vessels en route to the Ukrainian ports on the Sea of ​​Azov – Mariupol and Berdiansk – was 23.5 hours (the yearly average for 2019 was 29.9 hours). In 2020, the average duration of the intentional delays by the RF of vessels going from Mariupol and Berdiansk at the exit from the Sea of Azov was 29.6 hours (the yearly average for 2019 was 37.4 hours). This decrease is explained by a significant reduction in the delay time in April, May, and June 2020.
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Closure of the Black Sea in January, 2021

05 February 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 January, 2021.
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Closure of the Black Sea in December, 2020

08 January 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 December, 2020.
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The Duration of Artificial Delays of Vessels in the Kerch Strait. The Monitoring for November 2020

15 December 2020
In November 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 29,4 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 35 hours.
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Closure of the Black Sea in November, 2020

09 December 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 November, 2020.
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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.