Ukraine Declares Martial Law *Update*

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Update – 4 December 2018

Correspondents have advised that any vessel calling to a Ukrainian port in the Azov Sea will be subject to an inspection by the Russian authorities.

The Kerch Strait is reportedly congested with a number of ships awaiting inspection. Vessels calling at Russian ports of Azov Sea however, are not being inspected and are transiting the Kerch Strait without delays.

Update – 3 December 2018

Correspondents have provided the below map highlighting which regions of Ukraine are under martial law. All Ukrainian ports are reportedly operating as normal. 

 Ukraine Martial Law Map


Update – 27 November 2018

Tensions rise between Russia and the Ukraine as three Ukrainian vessels were seized after being fired upon by Russian forces.

Russia claimed that the Ukrainian naval vessels illegally entered its territorial waters and they opened fire forcing them to stop.

A Russian tanker had been situated under the Kerch Bridge to block passage through the straits but has since been removed.

Ukrainian leaders have since declared martial law in various regions with effect from 09:00 (local time) on 28 November 2018 and will end 27 December 2018. Local correspondents advise that all ports in the area are currently open. Vessels are permitted to transit the straits although delays are expected to vessels scheduled to call at Ukrainian ports as a result of inspections by the Russian FSB.