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Peskov Denies Blockade of Ukraine-bound Shipping Through Kerch Strait

 UKRAINE - Data of the situation in the Kerch Strait 28 Nov 2018
UKRAINE - Data of the situation in the Kerch Strait 28 Nov 2018
Dmitry Peskov

Dmitry Peskov

Russian Presidential Press Secretary

"I don’t know about any restrictions. On the contrary, we know that traffic through the Kerch Strait continues normally."

Ukraine reports its vessels are still being denied access to the strait.

On November 29, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, said that as far as he knew, traffic through the Kerch Strait is running as normal after the November 25 skirmish between Ukrainian naval vessels and the Russian coast guard. Ukrainian authorities reported on November 29 that over the period of November 25-27, a number of ships bound for Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov were held up on the Black Sea side of the strait.

Also on November 29, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said that the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk were “effectively under blockade,” and that ships were not allowed to leave or arrive at these ports. reached out to Omelyan for comment on November 30.

“Yes, economic blockade of Azov Sea by Moscow is still present,” the minister wrote. “Kerch Strait is closed.”

Omelyan noted that Russian shipping is unaffected. Automatic Identification System (AIS) data appears to corroborate this, with the vast majority of ships in and around the Kerch Strait being bound for Russian ports.