Caught in Russia-Ukraine Storm: A Cargo Ship and Tonnes of Grain

By Polina Ivanova BERDYANSK, Ukraine, Dec 5 (Reuters) - When the Island Bay cargo ship arrived from Beirut at the Kerch Strait, gateway to the Azov Sea, it sailed into a perfect storm of geopolitics and bad weather. The following day, Russia opened fire on three Ukrainian naval ships, impounded them and detained their sailors, some of them wounded. It then blocked the … [Read more...]

Ukraine Resumes Grain Shipments from Sea of Azov

KIEV, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Tuesday it had resumed grain shipments from the Azov Sea, blocked for around 10 days after a military standoff with Russia in the Kerch Strait off Crimea. Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews on Nov. 25 after opening fire on them, accusing them of illegally entering its territorial waters. Ukraine denied its ships … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Leader Says Putin Wants His Whole Country, Asks for NATO Help

By Thomas Escritt and Andrew Osborn BERLIN/MOSCOW, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday of wanting to annex his entire country and called for NATO to deploy warships to a sea shared by the two nations. Poroshenko's comments to German media were part of a concerted push by Kiev to gain Western support for more … [Read more...]

Ukraine Arrests Turkish Cargo Ship Over Crimea Port Call, Threatens Crew With Jail

KIEV, March 27 (Reuters) - Ukrainian authorities have arrested a Turkish-owned cargo ship and detained its captain over a visit it made to a port in Crimea after Russian annexed the peninsula from Ukraine last year. Prosecutors said the Tuvalu-registered 5,095 deadweight tonne ship Kanton was being held in the Ukrainian port of Kherson. They said the crew could go to jail … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Coast Guard Vessels Attacked as New EU Sanctions for Russia Loom

By Kateryna Choursina, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Ewa Krukowska Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Pro-Russian rebels attacked two Ukrainian coast-guard vessels, just hours after European Union governments agreed to impose new sanctions on Russia if the conflict worsens. Fighting in southeast Ukraine continued yesterday and the situation there remains “tense,” according to military … [Read more...]