About this reported Dmytro Pletenchuk, spokesman for the Naval Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, on the air of the telethon.
According to him, shipowners and ship captains were warned about the potential danger, in particular, from the Russian Navy, as well as mine danger, which remains at a fairly high level.
“Actually, a decision was made to finally solve this problem, to solve it in this way – to open these ways of sea communications. Of course, all this will happen under the supervision of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Everything is possible that depends on us, in terms of ensuring security, we do. And now registration is already open, the coordinator is already working,” said Pletenchuk.
Thus, the adopted decision should solve two main tasks: overcoming the international humanitarian crisis and the opportunity for shipowners and companies to finally pick up their merchant ships, which are actually in such humanitarian captivity due to the fact that the Russians are constantly threatening at sea.
“They (the Russians, – ed.) do not just say that these ships will be considered as carriers of weapons, but in one of the naval negotiations it was heard that it will be recognized that this country is participating in the war on the side of Ukraine. Therefore, as of now this is such terrorism on the radio airwaves, and accordingly, this is also a violation of international law, maritime law regarding freedom of navigation”, – stressed the spokesman of the Armed Forces Navy.
He also added that all the details regarding the number of vessels and their owners that have already been registered cannot be disclosed yet. Also, the dates for which temporary routes have been announced have not yet been determined.
“These terms have not yet been determined. In fact, the state in which all this works, unfortunately, is also such that it is caused by the events that are taking place in the Black Sea, because in a normal situation, all this happens much more widely, easier and safer”, Pletenchuk noted.
What is known about the operation of the “grain corridor”
On July 17, Russia announced the termination of the “grain agreement”. In response to this, Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that it is necessary to continue using the grain corridor even despite Russia’s withdrawal from the agreement.
On July 30, despite the completion of the “grain agreement”, three civilian cargo ships of foreign origin passed the Russian blockade in the Black Sea and anchored in one of the Ukrainian grain ports in the Danube Delta.
Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, said on August 4 that Ukraine will send ships with its own grain wherever it deems necessary, and will not ask anyone for permission to do so.
On August 10, the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces announced a temporary humanitarian corridor for merchant ships going to and from the ports of Ukraine. These routes will be used primarily to enable the exit of civilian vessels that have been in the Ukrainian ports of Chornomorsk, Odesa and Pivdenny since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia.