As was reported earlier, this week Russia is effectively blocking the Black and Azov seas for Ukraine under the pretext of military drills. Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims this is a violation of international law. But a practical solution has already been found to resume trade, the founder of Neptune trading company Stavnister Andrey said:
“Thanks to the efficiency and persistence of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine… they found deepwater routes and calmly did their job. This is a big win… the ports can operate normally,” Stavnister said, adding that “We now have to talk a lot with our international partners and convince them that the situation from the inside looks much better than it may seem from the headlines of world media.”
In the near future, the State Hydrography agency will issue an official statement confirming the depth of 15+ meters and the ports will operate normally.
Since the morning of 14 February 2022, many smaller ships were ignoring Russian military drills, crossing freely the area designated for drills which encompassed 90% of the width of the Black Sea near Ukrainian ports. This was reported by the Black Sea Monitoring Group with the comment that shipmen take example from Irish fishermen, who successfully disrupted Russian military drills in the end of January 2022.