Opening of a safe passage through the Sea of ​​Azov after demining – Russia – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

The corridor was established on Wednesday and is open daily, the Russian military said.

A safe lane for ships has been established through the Sea of ​​Azov, according to the Russian military. The route was opened after Moscow reported that it had cleared the area of ​​sea mines and made the port of Mariupol safe for mining.

The passage from the Sea of ​​Azov to the Black Sea is 115 miles long and two miles wide, according to army statements. First opened on Wednesday, it is available to traffic daily between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

A separate 80-mile-long and three-mile-wide naval corridor in the Black Sea has been maintained by the Russian Navy for some time and remains open to traffic.

Moscow accuses Ukraine of making the two seas it shares with Russia unsafe for civilian ships. kyiv has ordered the deployment of sea mines near its coasts to ward off possible amphibious assaults from Russia.

The types of mines he uses are of relatively old design and can become detached from their anchors during storms and float free, posing a threat to shipping. At least one is believed to have made its way to Turkey in late March and was destroyed to protect traffic across the Bosphorus.

On Tuesday, the Russian military announced that it had completed securing the port of Mariupol and nearby waters. Minesweepers and demolition experts secured 1.5 million square meters of sea, 50 km of shoreline, port structures and 32 ships moored in the port. A total of 12,000 explosives were found and deactivated, according to the report. The army also floated away a Ukrainian patrol boat that was sunk by Ukrainian troops to obstruct the waterway to Mariupol, the defense ministry said.

Mariupol was one of the busiest ports in Ukraine before the Russian attack on the country. It is located on the northeast shore of the Sea of ​​Azov and is claimed by the Donetsk People’s Republic as part of its territory.

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The city came under full control of Russian forces earlier this month, after the surrender of Ukrainian troops who had taken shelter in the Azovstal steelworks. The plant has its own onshore facilities and is located approximately 6 km from the city’s main port. Thus, while Ukrainian forces were present there, the waters near Mariupol were not completely safe.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics

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