CRIMEA, RF – The government in Kiev has been increasingly teetering on self-collapse, with Yulia Tymoshenko maneuvering to push Poroshenko out in upcoming elections. The dispute seems to revolve around who will better entice the US to support them further, and who will better spoon any cream off the top. The recent events in the Sea of Azov have further frustrated Kiev’s ability to manage their own suicidal subservience to Washington. Competing groups of opportunistic Kievan oligarchs attempt to vie for control over the last remaining channels of tangible wealth, which can be unduly appropriated, siphoned off, or distributed to friends and business entities operating under fictitious names.
Indeed, it is a little covered event within English language pro-multipolar media, is that Russia has taken increasingly proactive measures to ensure the safety of the Donbass breakaway republics (while formally operating within the Minsk II Agreement), and the Crimean peninsula of the Russian Federation.
What exactly is going on?
Russia has further tightened the blockade of the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov, which began in response to the seizure of the Crimean fishing seiner “Nord” by the Kiev government quite recently, when crew members were required to recognize themselves as citizens of Ukraine.
An example of how the Ukrainian chattering class and political establishment is responding to this, can be seen in Ukrainian economist Andrei Klimenko. He has been writing about this publicly on his blog, and reflects the alarmism and deep concerns now plaguing Kiev’s shaky government. Klimenko is the character who had fled from Crimea earlier, even though previously he was a member of the Party of Regions, like Oleg Tsarev, but has instead sided with the Kiev Junta. He has now declared himself to be an “expert of the Maidan of foreign affairs.”
According to him, if earlier Russian border guards detained ships coming from or to Ukrainian ports for two or three hours, now this time is stretched for two or three days. Klimenko writes:
“All vessels that go from the Black Sea to the Azov ports (note that I’m only talking about Ukrainian ports), first get to anchorage in the Kerch Strait. Ships have always had to wait there: until a counter caravan passes through the Kerch Strait. Sometimes – it wasn’t there at all, and usually it was necessary to wait from one to two hours. Now this period can be 70, 62, or 48 hours. That is, the process is intentionally delayed: ships going to Mariupol and Berdyansk, simply are not among those caravans passing through the Kerch Strait to the north …
A particular vessel can lose two, three, and four days due to these actions, which are not included in the calculation of the duration of the voyage. These are very large losses,”
The Rada is tormented over the blockade of the Azov Sea.
During the plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada, the member of the “Укроп” party, MP Taras Batenko began to castigate the government for it’s approach to this matter. The government of Ukraine, as he said, has apparently been unable to react proactively in any way to the blockade of the ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk by Russia. Moreover, he claimed that the cabinet is even still trying to resume cooperation with the “aggressor country”. Rada MP Batenko continued:
“Over these weeks, the armed aggression of Russia on the Azov Sea continued to develop in the same vein. The impudent and daring actions of the FSB Coast Guard to block Ukrainian Azov ports not only hasn’t stopped, but in fact expanded.
During the period from May 17th to July 10th, ships and coast guard boats of the FSB Border Guard Service stopped and examined merchant ships 63 times that were coming from Mariupol and Berdyansk in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. The number of detained vessels stands at 46.
Over the past two weeks, a new trend has gained momentum – the length of delay for such ships not only at sea, but also while waiting for permission to cross the Kerch Strait, from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov or vice versa.
An untenable legal framework, dear friends, formally allowing the special services of the hostile aggressor country to be in the Sea of Azov, must be immediately abolished.
It is inadmissible and even shameful for our country that almost all arrests take place at a distance of no more than 6-15 miles from the Ukrainian coast,”
At the same time, Batenko sharply criticized Poroshenko and the government, who, he said, did not react to the detention of Ukrainian ships in the Azov Sea and even tried to establish cooperation with the “occupier”. Batenko concluded:
“The president and the government of Ukraine are stepping on the same rake, which came in 2014. The society, which raises questions about the threat in the Azov Sea, does not receive adequate answers to these questions. And, at the same time, in the fifth year of the war, Minister of Energy Igor Nasalik in an official letter addressed to the first deputy head of Rosatom corporation Kirill Komarov not only talks about the possibility of renewing joint production of nuclear fuel in Ukraine and Russia, but offers to communicate on this topic in Brussels.
This is the top of cynicism and spittle in the face of every Ukrainian! We demand and we will demand to cease any relations with the occupier, and Minister Nasalik could resign under such circumstances, “
* Developed from a translation of several articles on the subject from PolitNavigator, with additional context and editing by J. Flores