The ports closed by the Ukrainian authorities – in Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kherson and Skadovsk are located in the territories controlled by the Russian military
The Ukrainian authorities decided to close the ports in the territory not controlled by Kyiv— in Mariupol, Kherson, Berdyansk and Skadovsk, the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure said.
The corresponding order was adopted by the Ministry on April 28 and registered by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on April 29. According to the documentports will be closed “until control is restored” above them.
The decision was made due to “the impossibility of servicing ships and passengers, carrying out cargo, transport and other related economic activities.” At the moment, the Ukrainian authorities also cannot ensure an adequate level of navigation safety and compliance with the requirements of international treaties, the report says.
The ports indicated by the ministry are located in territories controlled by the Russian military. Berdyansk (Zaporozhye region) was occupied at the end of February, the entire territory of the Kherson region (where the ports of Kherson and Skadovsk are located) has been controlled by Russian troops since mid-March, the head of the Ministry of Defense Sergei Shoigu announced the capture of Mariupol on April 21.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special operation in Ukraine early in the morning on February 24. He called its goals “demilitarization” and “denazification” neighboring country, as well as protecting the population of Donbass from “genocide” from the Kyiv authorities. Kyiv, in response to the special operation, severed diplomatic relations with Moscow, and also declared martial law and general mobilization.
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At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of tasks in the Kiev and Chernigov directions and the regrouping of troops. The main task of the operation in the ministry was called “the complete liberation of Donbass”.
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