In September, the number of detentions of Ukrainian vessels by Russian security forces in the Sea of Azov decreased, the Head of the project "Maidan of Foreign Affairs" Andryi Klimenko reported on Facebook.
According to him, during the past month eight illegal detentions of ships were recorded.
“In August there were 14 detentions, in July - 40, in June - 25, in May - 21 detentions of the ships by the FSB coast guard.”
In his opinion, the number of detentions in the Sea of Azov decreased due to the deployment of artillery boats of the Ukrainian Navy and two additional armed ships in its water area, as well as due to military exercises.
Klimenko noted that in September, the area of detention of ships by the Coast Guard FSB ships shifted 30 miles (50 km) south of the traditional location near Berdyansk, closer to the occupied Crimea.
“In September, the impudent detentions of ships at a distance of 12 miles from the coast of Ukraine completely stopped.”
Earlier, the Secretary of the Council of National Security and Defense (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that the Ukrainian military were planning to hold large-scale exercises in the Sea of Azov. According to him, in response to the Russian aggression, Ukraine is increasing its naval forces and strengthening the coast guard.
QHA reported that by the end of 2018, a naval base for the Ukrainian Navy is to be created in the Azov Sea. In Berdyansk, two naval gunships were launched.