In the last nine days only, Russian attacks damaged and partially destroyed 26 port infrastructure facilities and five commercial vessels. Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister for Communities, Territories, and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine, reported this during the first meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council.
"The Russians are also restricting shipping around the temporarily occupied Crimea and near the territorial waters of Bulgaria. With this, the Russian Federation actually blocks the movement of ships towards Ukraine's seaports," he emphasized.
The minister noted that quick and decisive action was needed. A blockade of the Black Sea by Russian troops cannot be allowed, as it can lead not only to losses for the Ukrainian economy but also to a serious global food crisis, in particular in such sensitive regions as Africa and Asia.
"We are already discussing possible ways of countering the enemy's cynical attacks and hindering free commercial shipping," Kubrakov noted.
The minister thanked the Allies for their decision to step up their reconnaissance in the Black Sea. In his opinion, this will help stabilize the security situation and create conditions for the normal operation of Ukrainian ports.