Andrey Klimenko: Russia has tested the reaction of Ukraine, convinced that she no. Will go further

Photo: Andrii Klymenko / Facebook

Russia continues detention of ships in the Azov sea in Berdyansk and Mariupol. This was announced by chief editor of BlackSeaNews portal, head of the project “Maidan zakordonnih Ref” Andrey Klimenko Facebook.

“On 23 may at 21.00 terminated the warning of the Russian Federation about the closure of the military district South of the sea of Azov Berdyansk in connection with the exercises and drills. Informed that we were bound for the detention and searches of vessels to/from the Ukrainian ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol… But we made a mistake”, – he wrote.

Klimenko noted that on may 23, 2018, around 23.30, after the termination of the “warning” in the same area, 13 miles South of Berdyansk spit, was detained Bulgarian ship MAXAL RAISE, which went from Mariupol to Bourgas. On the morning of 24 may, there was detained a Turkish ship HACI RUSTU K, which came from Turkey in Mariupol.

“Any exercises and firing in a closed area of the Azov sea, Russia de facto has not conducted! Was observed two aluminum boats type Wellboat (it’s a motor boat). It’s called “take off”. Checked the reaction of Ukraine, convinced that she no. Will go further… actions of the Russian Federation on the sea in Berdyansk and Mariupol aimed at intimidating the shipowners with a view to their refusal to work with these ports”, – he stressed.

РФ продовжує затримання морських суден в Азовському морі біля Бердянська на шляху в/з Бердянськ та Маріуполь23 травня…

Posted by Andrii Klymenko on Thursday, May 24, 2018

On 23 may, Russia has restricted the shipping for the Ukrainian ships in the Azov sea because of the firings.

The Treaty 2003, provides that the sea of Azov, an inland waters of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, is divided by the line of the state border in accordance with the agreement between the parties. According to the document, merchant ships and warships and other government ships under the flag of the Russian Federation or Ukraine, operated for non-commercial purposes, use in the Azov sea and the Kerch Strait freedom of navigation.

Agreement on the delimitation of the sea border line and has not been signed.