Dan­ger­ous Wa­ters

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Rus­sia is us­ing its naval strength to take con­trol of the Azov Sea. Ukraine’s seizure in March of a Ukrainian ves­sel from Crimea sail­ing il­le­gally un­der a Rus­sian flag and poach­ing an­gered the Krem­lin. While there’s no shoot­ing so far, Rus­sia is hurt­ing Ukraine’s mar­itime econ­omy by de­tain­ing more than 144 com­mer­cial ships and ar­rest­ing a fish­ing crew in May. Ukraine, mean­while, has done lit­tle to strengthen its naval forces and has yet to ab­ro­gate a 2003 agree­ment that de­fines the sea as the two na­tions' com­mon ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters. Rus­sia “can do any­thing it wants,” says a Mar­i­upol ac­tivist.

A view of the two break­wa­ters with light­houses that form the en­trance to the port in Mar­i­upol, 800 kilo­me­ters south­east of Kyiv. Mar­i­upol ac­tivists and mil­i­tary ex­perts warn that Rus­sia could launch an am­phibi­ous as­su­alt from the Azov Sea, where...

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