Contents page 1 — the battle for the Azov sea 2 — The Kerch bridge as a means of pressure in the war On a page

read The Ukrainian port town of Berdyansk on the Ukrainian mainland, and the Ukrainian port city of Kerch on the Crimean Peninsula, exactly 120 kilometers away. In between, especially salt water. In both places most of the inhabitants speak Ukrainian and Russian. Both places are on the sea of Azov, they are port cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants and a long fishing and Maritime history.

The Problem is that Berdyansk is theoretically and practically a Ukrainian port city, while in Kerch since the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, only theoretically, to the Ukraine, but already in the Russian Federation was incorporated. Berdyansk and Kerch are on two different sides of a for more than four years of war, in which so far, more than 12,000 people on both sides died and the is recognised as of Wednesday, at least from the Ukrainian side officially so: From then on, the war in Parts of the Ukraine law.

a trigger is an incident on the sea of Azov. Three ships of the Ukrainian Navy wanted to go through the Strait in front of Kerch to the North in the direction of Berdyansk, according to Ukrainian information, the Russian authorities were informed. Then a boat of the Russian frontier rammed troops, a ship of the Ukrainian Navy. The Ukrainian government accused Russia of firing on the vessels opened. Six soldiers were injured, and the ships fixed and other soldiers of Russian special forces have been arrested.

Russian border management in the Crimea, which belongs to the secret service, the FSB, confirmed the incident, but say that the three Ukrainian ships are wrong moderately crossed the Russian border and temporarily blocked the “Russian waters” be penetrated. At this point a glance at the map helps to understand the new Russian threat to the Ukraine.

The Situation in Ukraine

Russia-controlled areas

source: Live Universal Awareness Map, do your own Research. Booth: 26. November 2018 ONLINE

Who wants to move from the big Black sea and the smaller sea of Azov must pass through the Strait of Kerch. According to the Maritime and international law of the sea of Azov is not a purely Russian waters. A bilateral agreement, which was ratified in April 2004 by Russia, a one-sided use. “All topics in relation to the sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait should only be used in a peaceful manner, with the agreement of Russia and Ukraine is solved”, – stated in the contract. He is respected by Russia, as well as the Budapest Memorandum, which should guarantee, in 1994, the territorial sovereignty of Ukraine. Instead, what occurred in 2014, after the Revolution in Ukraine is repeated on the sea. As the Kremlin on the Crimean Peninsula and in the South-East of Ukraine on the state borders of the sovereign defined the neighboring country, the Russian government is now also in the Azov sea.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has imposed, therefore, for the first Time in the history of his country the laws of war. It is valid for 30 days in ten of the 24 oblasts of the country. It is those regions of the Ukraine, which borders directly on Russia, or the sea of Azov. This decision allowed Poroshenko, among other things, to strengthen the air defense and marine units. In order to invalidate the claim that he is the elections in his own country, he changed his request before the vote in the Parliament from 60 days to 30 days. The upcoming presidential elections on October 31. March, 2019 not be moved by the laws of war.

Kevin Chung studied literature in Seoul. He is interested in various areas. He can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.