Rus­sia threat­ens Mar­i­upol’s mar­itime econ­omy

Kyiv Post - - National -

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)

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