Ukraine says Russia planting mines in Black Sea as shipping perils grow

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Ukraine accused Russia on Wednesday of planting mines in the Black Sea and said some of those munitions had to be defused off Turkey and Romania as risks to vital merchant shipping in the region grow.

The Black Sea is a major shipping route for grain, oil and oil products. Its waters are shared by Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia and Turkey as well as Ukraine and Russia.

Russia’s military took control of waterways when it invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, in what Moscow calls a ‘special operation.’

In recent days Turkish and Romanian military diving teams have been involved in defusing stray mines around their waters.

Turkey’s navy has increased the combat readiness of minesweepers and patrol aircraft due to the threat of naval mines in the Black Sea…”

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