Russia To Consider Ships Heading To Ukrainian Ports “Potential Military Cargo Carriers”

Moscow has announced that any ships in the Black Sea heading to a Ukrainian port is a potential threat and carrier of military cargo and therefore a valid target for attack.

“In connection with the termination of the Black Sea initiative and the curtailment of the maritime humanitarian corridor from 00:00 Moscow time on July 20, 2023, all ships en route to Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea will be considered as potential carriers of military cargo,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

Russian Frigate Admiral Essen of the Black Sea Fleet near Sevastopol. (Photo Credit; Alexei Pavlishak/TASS)
The Admiral Essen frigate of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet arrives at the Sevastopol sea port after completing a mission in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo Credit; Alexei Pavlishak/TASS

“Accordingly, the flag countries of such ships will be considered involved in the Ukrainian conflict on the side of the Kyiv regime,” the statement continues.

“In addition, a number of sea areas in the northwestern and southeastern parts of the international waters of the Black Sea have been declared temporarily dangerous for navigation,” the statement added. ”

This comes after multiple missile strikes impacted several sites in Ukraine’s port cities destroying 60,000 tons of grain ready for shipment. Russia refused to renew the Turkish and UN brokered grain shipment deal that expired on July 17 due to what the Kremlin described as issues exporting its own grain, calling it a one-sided deal.

Mike Godwin
Mike Godwin
Mike Godwin is a freelance journalist who focuses on defense and security matters in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, as well as NATO, Russia, and the Black Sea. He is a combat veteran of the United States Army and currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia where he operates his journalism, analysis, and OSINT brand, MikeReports.


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