"No direct damage is being caused. This business has just become more expensive. However, the Panamax vessels and larger cargo ships will no longer be able to enter the Sea of Azov. We have checked the vessels that touched at our port over the last three years, and guess what? 144 ships that called at the Mariupol Seaport over the last two or three years, that is, they were operating in this market, will no longer be able to enter the Sea of Azov, "he said.
On Feb. 19, 2018, Kyiv filed a lawsuit against the Russian Federation over violation of Ukraine's sovereign right in the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov, and the Kerch Strait under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
As reported, President Vladimir Putin of Russia announced the need to build a bridge across the Kerch Strait immediately after the annexation of Crimea in March 2014. Originally, the bridge was expected to be built before 2018 and put into operation in the summer of 2019. Putin attended the official bridge opening ceremony on May 15.