Ukrainian ports suffered more than 1 billion hryvnias of losses due to the aggression of Russia in the Sea of Azov, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan stated in an interview with Current Time channel.
According to him, the port of Mariupol was forced to switch to a four-day working week.
“We observe constant inspections of Ukrainian and foreign ships in the Sea of Azov, the Kerch Strait, to the point that ship owners bear losses due to demurrage. This is about 15-50 thousand dollars a day.”
According to him, the ships in Azov Sea can be delayed for more than 30 hours.
Omelyan noted that not only Ukraine suffers losses due to the situation, but other European countries as well, because the cargo from these ports goes to the markets of Europe.
On October 25, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Russia's violation of international law in the Sea of Azov.
The European Parliament stressed that Russia aims to turn the Azov Sea into an internal lake.
The resolution contains a paragraph on the creation of a special representative of the European Union on the Crimea and Donbas, which would work around the situation in the Sea of Azov.
The resolution calls on EU member states to declare sanctions against Russia to be strengthened in the event of an escalation of the Azov conflict.
On October 24, Russia deployed two warships to the Sea of Azov. The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported that the total number of Russian ships and boats in Azov reached 120.
Source: Radio Liberty