KIEV, Ukraine | Ukraine: Shipping traffic resumes following Russia standoff

KIEV, Ukraine | Ukraine: Shipping traffic resumes following Russia standoff

KIEV, Ukraine — Shipping traffic has resumed to and from Ukraine’s ports on the Sea of Azov following a standoff with Russia, a Ukrainian minister said Tuesday.

Commercial ships were moving through the Kerch Strait linking the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said.

Omelyan, who accused Russia last week of blocking Ukrainian cargo trying to pass through the strait, said Tuesday that the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol have been “partially unblocked” thanks to a “stern international response.”

Russia, however, insisted that it never blocked vessels from sailing through the Kerch Strait and that any possible disruptions were linked to bad weather.

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