January 21, 2022

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Kiev said Russia had closed nearly 70 percent of the Sea of ​​Azov for exercises

Russia is reported to have closed nearly 70 percent of the Sea of ​​Azov in annexed Crimea for military exercises.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced on Friday that the Russian fleet appears to be planning to conduct an artillery fire exercise near the ports of Mariupol, Berdyansk and Hnysheysk. The report was brought by DPA and Ukrinform.

“Russia continues its provocative actions against Ukraine. The Russian Federation has closed about 70 percent of the Sea of ​​Azov. The statement posted on the social network said that the Russians had issued warnings restricting navigation in certain areas, allegedly related to the exercise of artillery fire, which will be conducted in nearby areas,” he added. From Mariupol, Berdinsk and Henyshesk.

The DPA requested a statement from the Russian side. Moscow has not confirmed this.

On Thursday, Russian border guards accused a Ukrainian Navy ship of approaching the Kerch Strait without permission. Moscow claims that it was a serious provocation. Kiev denied the accusation because the Donbass did not leave the territorial waters of Ukraine.

The Sea of ​​Azov is an inland sea shared by Russia and Ukraine. It is connected to the Black Sea by the aforementioned Kerch Strait.

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