Ukraine has notified the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that it is impossible to provide an adequate level of navigational safety and fulfill its international obligations on search and rescue of people at the ports of Yevpatoriya, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia, and Yalta. This was announced by the press office of the Ministry of Infrastructure.
The embassy of Ukraine in the United Kingdom delivered the relevant clarification from Ukraine to the secretariat of the IMO, member states of the organization, and representatives of companies accredited by IMO.
Ukraine has admitted that it cannot ensure the safety of navigation in the waters adjacent to the Crimea because of the occupation of the peninsula.
"In connection with this situation, a high level of property risks on approaches to and in the waters of seaports in the Crimea and Sevastopol is also being observed, about which maritime powers have also been informed," the press office said in a press release.
Illegal groups seized the ports of Yevpatoriya, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia, and Yalta in late March.