In February, 20 violator ships were registered, which entered the ports of the occupied Crimea, according to the report in the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.
All ships entered the Crimea under the flag of Russia.
In addition, 18 ships were recorded in the water areas of the ports of Sevastopol, Feodosia, Kerch and Yalta. 16 of the ships entered under the flag of the Russian Federation, two more under the flags of Tanzania and Malta.
The Ministry reminded that in the occupied Crimea the ports were closed by order of the Cabinet of Ministers and the decree of the Ministry of Infrastructure.
“The entry of ships under foreign flags into the ports of Crimea is a violation of the norms of international law as actions that undermine the sovereignty of Ukraine, as well as violation of Ukrainian legislation and entail the responsibility of shipowners, operators and ship captains, including criminal," reads the message.
QHA reported that during the period from January 1 to February 1 this year, 19 cargo violator vessels called in the ports of Crimea occupied by Russia. Totally, these vessels made 64 calls to the ports of Kerch, Sevastopol and Feodosia. 18 vessels were under the Russian flag and one vessel under the flag of the Republic of Togo.