Ukraine Detains 15 Ships Trying to Enter Occupied Crimea
This was reported by Oleh Slobodian, the head of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service
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Ukraine arrested or imposed restrictions on 15 foreign ships that tried to enter the closed ports of annexed Crimea, said Oleh Slobodian, the head of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service, Crimea Reality reports.
“If they enter our maritime economic zone or enter Ukrainian ports, we will take measures to restrict their further movement. Already, 15 ships have been subjected to arrest or other restrictions. These are all ships that violated Ukrainian legislation, visiting the ports of Crimea,” Slobodian said.
“There are not many foreign vessels that go to the ports of Crimea, because sanctions are in place. Shipowners who are worried about their reputation are not in a hurry to accept invitations from the local occupation authorities.”
Yesterday, the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons said that 20 tankers and cargo ships infringing Ukrainian regulations entered ports of illegally annexed Crimea in October.
On Feb. 19, 2018, Ukraine filed a case in the United Nations International Tribunal on the violation of the provisions of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Since July 2014, the Ukrainian government officially stopped the entry of foreign ships to all ports of annexed Crimea.