Ukraine Ports locked by Russian Navy sea blockade

Northwest Black sea waters, bordering Ukraine, are closed for all shipping. Ukraine is under sea blockade, carried out by Russian Black Sea Navy Fleet. Merchant ships nearing zone prohibited for navigation are warned by Russian Navy ships via VHF, that navigation near and in Ukrainian waters is prohibited, because Russian Navy is performing “counter terrorist operation”, and all ships entering this zone are considered as terrorists.



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.