Ukrainian Ports Show a Nation’s Struggle to Join Global Economy

By James Gomez and Kateryna Choursina (Bloomberg) -- Gleaming silos, towering container cranes and hulking cargo ships docked at quaysides in Europe’s biggest corn and sunflower producer should be a symbol of an agricultural exporting powerhouse. Instead, it’s a cautionary tale of how Ukraine may squander another opportunity to plug the former Soviet republic into the global … [Read more...]

U.S. Warns Russia Against Blocking Commercial Ship Passage Into Ukraine

by Lesley Wroughton (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday called on Russia to cease what it called “harassment of international shipping” in the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait, accusing Moscow of trying to destabilize Ukraine. “Russia’s actions to impede maritime transit are further examples of its ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilize Ukraine, as well as … [Read more...]

Ukraine to Woo Shippers From Asia to Baltics by Fixing Ports

By Kateryna Choursina (Bloomberg) -- Ukraine, whose trade links with Russia have been severed by a two-year insurgency in its eastern regions, will strive to offset that loss by becoming a transit hub for shipments from the Persian Gulf, Asia, China to the Scandinavian countries and the Baltics. The government wants to create “comfort and confidence” for businesses and is … [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...]

Russian Troops Seize Ukranian Navy Vessels

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, March 20 (Reuters) - Russian troops took over three Ukrainian warships in Crimea on Thursday, a Ukrainian navy official said, after Moscow's military seizure of the Black Sea peninsula and annexation of the territory. Vladislav Seleznyov, a Ukrainian military spokesman in Crimea, said the Russian forces used stun grenades as they stormed the corvette … [Read more...]