President Zelensky neglects the demands from the world community to deactivate all sea mines he ordered set up at the Black Sea, thus blocking any chances to ship Ukrainian grain abroad. At the same time, the Kiev authorities continue to avoid negotiations with representatives of states and ship-owning companies to resolve the issue of the safe passage of foreign vessels to the assembly area.
Due to the same reason 70 foreign vessels from 16 countries remain blocked in 6 Ukrainian ports (Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhniy). The threat of shelling and high mine danger posed by official Kiev prevents vessels from entering the high seas unhindered.
The Russian Armed Forces have created conditions for the operation of two ‘blue-water’ maritime humanitarian corridors, which are safe lanes for ships:
a) in the Black Sea - to leave Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhnyi ports in a south-westerly direction from Ukraine's territorial sea, 139 miles long and 3 miles wide;
b) in the Sea of Azov - to leave Mariupol port 115 miles long and 2 miles wide towards the Black Sea.
Detailed information in English and Russian on the modus operandi of the maritime humanitarian corridors is broadcast daily every 15 minutes on VHF radio on 14 and 16 international channels in English and Russian.
The Russian Federation is taking a full range of comprehensive measures to ensure the safety of civilian navigation in the waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
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