Our correspondent in the Ukraine has updated us on the following developments in Ukraine:
- The Azov shipyard has been destroyed.
- Ukrainian authorities have banned navigation in the following mouths of the Danube River due to a danger of drifting mines: Ochakivske (0-6 km) Prorva, Poludenne, Potapove, Ankudivone, Shvydke, Vostochne and Tsyganske, part of Staro Stambul estuary and Zhebriyanivska Bay.
- Currently there are several Russian warships which continue to operate in Ukrainian waters.
- The Martial Law in Ukraine has been extended until 25 May 2022. The curfew in most regions has been shortened, in Odessa it currently lasts from 10 pm to 5 am.
In relation to the EU sanctions we note that a new package of sanctions was introduced on 17 April, 2022. This includes an entry ban for vessels with the Russian flag in European Ports subject to exceptions for specific cargoes, such as gas and oil, refined oil products and ores. In addition, an exception is made for certain pharmaceutical and medical products, agricultural and food products and products for civilian nuclear applications. Russian vessels involved in humanitarian transport may also fall under the exception. The list of natural persons and entities subject to the EU sanction regime has also been expanded.
The full text of the European regulation, including the extension of the sanction lists, can be accessed via the links below: