Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Kyiv 15:38

Ukraine informs IMO member-states on inability to assure required level of maritime security at the Crimean sea ports

16 May 2014, 19:41

In the light of the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, Ukraine informed International maritime organization (IMO) about Ukraine’s inability to assure required level of maritime security and fulfil its international obligations.

On May 7, 2014 the Embassy of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sent respective information to the Secretariat of IMO and its member-states and representatives of foreign companies accredited by IMO.

As a result of this situation there is a high level of property risks on approaches and in water areas of abovementioned sea ports in Crimea and Sevastopol, about which sea states were also informed.

The ports of Yevpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia and Yalta were occupied by the illegal groups of Russian Federation on 27 March 2014. Since then the access to state property blocked and captain services that ensured the maritime security in water areas in Crimean ports captured.

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