Russia threatens Mariupol’s maritime economy
1 A helmsman of the Ukrainian coast guard directs a speedboat to patrol the Azov Sea in late July.
2 A machine gunner stands on guard at Lyubomyr Ukrainian fast patrol boat in Azov Sea.
3 Lyubomyr Ukrainian fast patrol boat seen from distance in Azov Sea.
4 View of Mariupol Sea Port, the largest port of Azov Sea. The port, which is the third largest enterprise in Mariupol, has a shortage of cargo after Russia opened a bridge connecting its territory with annexed Crimea and started stopping the trade ships in the Azov Sea.
5 A young man jumps from a pier on a Mariupol beach regardless of a warning “dangerous to life” painted on it. Other people fish from the pier. Despite high water pollution and big difference of depth of the sea by Mariupol, the city beaches are full of people this summer.
6 A fish patrol boat sails on Kalmius River in Mariupol seen with an old fishing boat anchored by the shore and Azovstal steel mill on the background.
7 A man fishes from a rubber boat in Azov Sea with Mariupol city seen on the background.
8 A fisherman shows his modest catch of shrimps he managed to get on Belosaray Spit on the outskirts of Mariupol. While a big fishing season of marine goby is going to start in midAugust, fishing shrimps helps many fishers earn a bit during the off-season.
9 A pig looks for seaweed in the Azov Sea on the territory of a fishing cooperative on Belosaray Spit on the outskirts of Mariupol. With the shortage of fish in the Azov Sea, local fishermen have to breed pigs and cows to keep afloat. (Photos by Kostyantyn Chernichkin)