What Lies Beneath – Kerch 22

Summary:

Armed incident in Kerch strait. Russia reportedly seized two Ukrainian naval vessels and a tug, firing shots and injuring Ukrainian sailors in the process, in a dispute over right of access to the Sea of Azov. Immediately after the incident, Russia closed access to the Azov Sea by placing a tanker across the narrow access created when the Kerch Bridge was constructed. Soon after the Russians reopened the passage as it appears that Moscow was content in having made its point and wants to avoid escalating the conflict.

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