According to the news of Nerdun Hacıoğlu from Hürriyet newspaper, Russia, which sent 60 thousand soldiers to the Donbas borders, which was under the control of the pro-Russian separatists of Ukraine in the crisis that escalated in March, and 40 thousand soldiers to the Crimean Peninsula, which it occupied in 2014, also blockaded Ukraine from the sea. .
Russia made a NOTAM announcement in the Black Sea due to the exercise that could affect flight and ground safety, and closed the Kerch Strait entrance, which is the only passage from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov, to maritime transport. Russia has banned the Ukrainian navy and third-country warships from approaching Crimea and crossing the Sea of Azov. Merchant ships will be granted the right of passage to the Ukrainian port of Mariupol under Russian control.
With the decision of Russia’s NOTAM, which will last about 6 months from April 24 to October 31, Russia announced that it started naval exercises. According to the Russian Defense Ministry’s statement, 15 warships crossing the Black Sea waters from the Caspian with 6 ships connected to the Black Sea navy will begin their exercises in the closed sea areas in the coming days. 50 SU-27, SU-30, SU-24M, SU-34 and SU-25SMZ warplanes will support Russia’s naval exercises.
Reaction statements came from the USA, NATO and the EU to the NOTAM announcement that prevents Russia’s access to the Ukrainian coast. Stating that Russia’s decision prevents Ukraine’s sovereign rights and sea transportation, Russia was asked to withdraw its decision on closed sea areas.
THE SPY CRISIS
A spy diplomat crisis was added to the tension between the two countries. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announced that Ukrainian Consul General Alexander Sosonyuk, who was in St. Petersburg, Russia, was arrested while purchasing secret military documents from a Russian citizen. The consul, who was detained for two hours and released, is expected to be deported within three days.
RUSSIAN WAR SHIPS CROSSED INTO THE BLACK SEA
Ukraine-Russia tension earlier in the day while the two Russian warships to the Black Sea from Turkey made the transition Straits. The Russian navy warship named ‘Alexander Otrakovsky’ with board number 031 and the warship named Kondopoga with board number 027 sailed through the Dardanelles and Istanbul Straits and towards the Karedeniz. Recently, it was reported that the USA would also transfer two warships to the Black Sea, but it was learned that the USA gave up this step at the last minute.