Ukraine formally closes seaports captured by Russia | Inquirer News
Close  

Ukraine formally closes seaports captured by Russia

/ 04:59 PM May 02, 2022
Ukraine formally closes seaports captured by Russia

A view shows a port in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 29, 2022. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

KYIV — Ukraine has formally closed its four Black and Azov sea ports, which Russian forces have captured, the Ukrainian agriculture ministry said on Monday.

The Azov Sea ports of Mariupol, Berdiansk and Skadovsk and the Black Sea port of Kherson were closed “until the restoration of control”, the ministry said in a statement.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The adoption of this measure is caused by the impossibility of servicing ships and passengers, carrying out cargo, transport and other related economic activities, ensuring the appropriate level of safety of navigation,” it said.

All Ukrainian seaports have suspended their activity as a result of the Russian invasion in late February. Russian forces captured some ports and blockaded others.

FEATURED STORIES

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday Ukraine could lose tens of millions of tonnes of grain due to Russia’s control of Black Sea shipping, triggering a food crisis that will affect Europe, Asia and Africa.

“Russia does not let ships come in or go out, it is controlling the Black Sea,” Zelenskiy told the Australian news programme 60 Minutes.

“Russia wants to completely block our country’s economy.”

Russia calls its intervention in Ukraine a “special operation” to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists. Ukraine and the West say the fascist allegation is baseless and that the war is an unprovoked act of aggression.

Ukraine, a major agricultural producer, used to export most of its goods by sea but has been forced to switch to export by train via its western border or via its small Danube river ports.

The ministry said last week Ukraine’s grain exports had reached 45.709 million tonnes in the 2021/22, July-June season.

It said the volume included 763,000 tonnes exported in April but gave no comparative figures. Senior agriculture officials said this month that Ukraine exported up 300,000 tonnes of grain in March.

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED STORIES

Israel denounces Lavrov’s Hitler comments, summons Russian ambassador

Finland almost certainly to apply for Nato membership, says Swedish foreign minister

Explainer: Russia swerves to avoid default: what is next?

Jill Biden to meet with Ukrainian refugees during visit to Romania and Slovakia

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Azov Sea, Black Sea, Kherson, Mariupol, Russia, Ukraine, War
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.