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Small geographical vessel of Ukraine “Shlyakhovich” was blown up by a Ukrainian drifting mine at the mouth of the Danube River, the Russian Defense Ministry said. As stated in the interdepartmental coordinating headquarters for humanitarian response, this happened during the measurement of the depths of the fairway at the mouth of the Danube River.
“The threat of shelling and the high mine danger created by official Kyiv do not allow ships to freely go to the open sea,” — the message says. Thus, 70 foreign ships from 16 countries remain blocked in the ports of Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny.
The Russian side accused Kyiv of avoiding interaction with representatives of other countries and ship-owning companies in resolving the issue of ensuring the safe exit of ships.
In early July, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Administration announced the resumption of navigation along the Danube Canal— Black Sea. It was restored after the withdrawal of Russian troops from Zmeiny Island.
This canal is located in the Odessa region and passes through the territory of the Danube Biosphere Reserve. It is laid along the mouths of Bystry, Starostambulskoye and Kiliya in the Danube Delta. The length of the ship's course along the natural channels of the rivers is 172.36 km, the length of the artificial sea approach channel — 3.4 km.
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