Ukraine announces temporary corridors for merchant ships in the Black Sea: what is known
The Ukrainian Navy has announced temporary corridors for merchant ships traveling to and from Ukrainian Black Sea ports. The military warned that the Russian Federation still poses a military and mine threat along all these routes.
The routes will be primarily used to allow civilian vessels that have been in the Ukrainian ports of Chernomorsk, Odessa and Pivdennyi since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion, the USS Navy said. Details of the routes are not publicly disclosed.
Only those vessels whose owners and captains officially confirm their readiness to sail in the current conditions will be allowed to pass through the sea corridors. Military threats from the Russian Federation remain high.
Information about the routes was previously submitted to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). And the IMO Council recognized Ukraine's right to free commercial navigation guaranteed by international maritime law. The organization called on Russia to comply with international conventions and stop threatening commercial shipping in the Black Sea.
The Navy recalled that thelast ship with Ukrainian food left the port of Odessa on July 16. "After Russia's withdrawal from the grain deal, the aggressor attacked the port grain infrastructure in order to stop access of Ukrainian food to world markets", - stated in the message.
Earlier OBOZREVATEL also dealt with what Ukrainian attacks on Russian ships in the Black Sea will lead to. Ukraine has taken a course to destroy Russian transportation of oil and grain, and therefore the situation is changing. For example, grain traders, sea carriers and insurers are increasingly wary of working with Russians and have sharply increased freight rates for them.