The Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk are in fact blocked by the Russian Federation for the entry and exit of ships, Vladimir Omelyan, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, said on his Facebook page.
There are 18 vessels awaiting entry into the Sea of Azov: 4 are sent to the port of Berdyansk, 14 are sent to the port of Mariupol, he wrote, referring to operational information. There is also a queue at the exit from the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea: 3 vessels from the port of Mariupol cannot exit, in the port of Berdyansk 6 vessels are stuck.
Another 8 vessels are moored in ports. A total of 35 vessels are blocked. Vessels are moving only in the direction of the Russian ports on Azov.
“That is, Russia has blocked the Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov,” the minister concludes. “The actions of the Russian side indicate a deliberate escalation of the situation in the Sea of Azov and destabilization of the region.”
The goal of these actions is obvious, Omelyan sums up, Russia is gradually trying to oust Ukraine from its legitimate territories.
Earlier, we wrote that the martial law regime includes all port areas and could theoretically affect the operation of the export infrastructure.