Tensions escalate in the Azov Sea as historical territorial claims, botched agreements, and heightened military presence threaten the stability of the region and Ukrainian economic endeavours.
No shots have been fired and no major incidents have occurred, but the appearance of six Russian vessels in the form of patrol personnel-carriers and draught gunboats, as well as an FSB border service and checkpoints through the Kerch Strait, all mark a heightened aggression and loss of strategic balance in the region.
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While this escalation is yet to involve the military, the local Ukrainian economy is already taking a hit, with flights delayed by hours, and port shipments canceled altogether. Experts claim that Russia’s actions mark an attempt to suppress the economic activity of Ukraine’s regional ports and trade.
Hromadske explores the crisis first hand, from holiday interruptions to larger-scale economic obstacles.
If the Russian naval presence…
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