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Russian naval stranglehold on SE Ukraine tightens

Russia has for some time being using its military to apply increasingly tight controls on Ukraine’s international trade routes passing through the Sea of Azov. It has now reached the point where openly aggressive moves against Ukrainian ships are being contested by the under-resourced Ukrainian coastguard and navy. Many regard this as a precursor to Mr Putin’s aim to destroy Ukraine’s economy and force its self-governing south eastern provinces to join Russian controlled Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Image: ecfr.eu The Sea of Azov is a semi-landlocked area of water which Ukraine and Russia agreed in 2003 to use jointly and…
Source: Military Times (Russian naval stranglehold on SE Ukraine tightens)