Putin blocks Black Sea entrance as Biden decides on warships withdrawal

U.S. 04/16/21, 06:09

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kerch Strait bridging Crimea and Russia will not welcome international warships until next fall. His order came as President Biden is considering a plan of sending warships to the Black Sea to aid Ukraine amid growing tensions between the two neighboring nations.   On Thursday, the ...

Prison guards injured in prison riot in Ukraine

Europe 05/27/19, 07:47

Dozens of inmates in a Ukrainian prison rioted, set a fire and took guards and nurses hostage in an hours-long standoff on Monday that left four guards injured, officials said.The incident took place in Odessa, a Black Sea port city, where black smoke was seen billowing over the prison compound ...

UN court: Russia must free 3 detained Ukraine ships, sailors

Europe 05/25/19, 08:03

A U.N. maritime tribunal ruled Saturday that Russia must immediately release three Ukrainian naval vessels captured by Russia in November and also free the 24 sailors it detained.The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea issued its order at its Hamburg headquarters following a hearing earlier this month. Russia ...

UN court hears case of Ukraine sailors, ships held by Russia

Europe 05/10/19, 07:38

A U.N. court said Friday it will deliver a decision this month on Ukraine's demand for the release of 24 sailors and three naval vessels captured by Russia in November.The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea set a tentative date of May 25 for its verdict.The confrontation in ...

Putin visits Crimea to mark 5th anniversary of annexation

Europe 03/18/19, 06:56

Russian President Vladimir Putin is marking the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by visiting the Black Sea peninsula.Putin on Monday attended the launch of new power plants in Crimea, part of Moscow's efforts to upgrade the region's infrastructure. Ukraine has cut off energy supplies to the ...

Russia learns to love ski resorts, but not ski racing

Sports 03/04/19, 07:27

In the five years since the Sochi Olympics, Russians have been flocking south to enjoy their subtropical ski slopes.The mountains above the Black Sea resort city are full of weekend skiers, with nearly a million visitors making the trip each winter. That's quite a change for a country used to ...

Russia: 14 sailors killed when ships catch fire in Black Sea

Europe 01/21/19, 15:36

Two Tanzanian-flagged commercial vessels caught fire in the Black Sea, leaving at least 14 sailors dead, Russian officials said Monday. Five other sailors were missing.The Federal Agency for the Sea and River Transport said the fire erupted while fuel was being pumped from one tanker to another. The blaze spread ...

Moscow courts extends arrest for Ukrainian seamen

World 01/15/19, 08:22

A Moscow court has extended the detention of eight out of 24 Ukrainian seamen captured by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea.Three Ukrainian vessels and their crews were fired at and captured by the Russians in November, triggering a showdown between Russia and Ukraine in a conflict that has ...

Cargo ship sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast; 6 dead

Europe 01/07/19, 08:38

A cargo ship sank in rough waters off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Monday, killing six crew members including its captain, officials and media reports said. Seven other crew members were rescued.Turkish authorities launched a search and rescue mission off the Black Sea coastal province of Samsun after receiving a ...

Official: Ukraine plans another naval foray into Sea of Azov

Europe 12/19/18, 10:46

A top Ukrainian official says that the country plans to again send its warships into the Sea of Azov, a move that could set the stage for another clash with Russia.Oleksandr Turchynov, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, has told the BBC that another such mission is ...

16 crew rescued from cargo ship that ran aground off Turkey

Business 12/19/18, 09:22

Turkish coastal emergency teams have rescued 16 crew members from a cargo ship that ran aground off the Black Sea coast of Sile in a dramatic operation that lasted several hours.The Comoros-flagged ship, Natalia, ran aground in rough seas early Wednesday en route to Istanbul from Russia. Video footage of the ...

EU slaps sanctions on breakaway Ukraine officials

Europe 12/10/18, 07:39

The European Union is slapping sanctions on nine more people over "illegal" elections in eastern Ukraine last month, while it weighs how to help Kiev in its Black Sea standoff with Russia.EU foreign ministers on Monday imposed asset freezes and travel bans on the nine local government and election officials ...

Ukraine accuses Russia of blockading Kerch Strait

Europe 12/07/18, 07:44

Ukraine is accusing Russia of keeping up the blockade of the Kerch Strait that links the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov.The Ukrainian Border Guard Service said Friday that more than 140 ships were stuck on both sides of the strait due to excessive checks and delays on the ...

Pentagon reveals US observation flight over Ukraine

Politics 12/06/18, 16:17

An unarmed U.S. Air Force plane with American and international observers flew a special flight over Ukraine Thursday in a show of solidarity after Ukraine's naval confrontation last month with Russia in the Black Sea, the Pentagon said.In a statement, the Pentagon called it an "extraordinary" flight under the Open ...

Ukraine foreign minister demands sailors’ release by Russia

Europe 12/06/18, 06:37

Ukraine's foreign minister is demanding the release and safe return of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by Russian military forces in the Black Sea.Pavlo Klimkin told the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Thursday that even though Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014 has dominated the group's ...

NATO toils to keep Russia out of Ukraine, in missile treaty

Europe 12/04/18, 06:41

Russia takes center-stage at NATO Tuesday as allied foreign ministers meet to debate ways to dissuade Moscow from destabilizing Ukraine and encourage it to respect a landmark Cold-war era nuclear treaty.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his NATO partners will hold talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin as ...

Update: Ukraine seeks NATO support over Russia standoff

World 12/04/18, 04:18

The Latest on the tensions between Russia and Ukraine(all times local):11:15 a.m.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. NATO foreign ministers meet for a two-day session beginning on Tuesday, to discuss among other issues, tensions between Russia and ...

Ukraine says cargo traffic resumed in Sea of Azov

Europe 12/04/18, 04:10

Ukraine says traffic has resumed to and from its ports on the Sea of Azov following a standoff with Russia.A Ukrainian serviceman stands on board a coast guard ship in the Sea of Azov port of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The Ukrainian military has been on increased ...

Ukraine urges German naval presence in the Black Sea

Europe 12/02/18, 05:48

Ukraine's leader has called on Germany and its allies to boost their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter Russia from further aggression in the region.A view of the 1000-year old Monastery of Caves in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The Ukrainian intelligence agency is searching the home ...

Update: Ukraine: Huge Russian military buildup on border

Europe 12/01/18, 11:29

The Latest on the current dispute between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):6:25 p.m.Ukraine's president says Russia is building up land forces and weapons along its border with Ukraine as tensions between the two countries flares in the wake of a recent naval clash in the Black Sea.President Petro Poroshenko ...

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