After a hundred days of war in Ukraine, the Black Sea became a Russian lake

After a hundred days of war in Ukraine, the Black Sea became a Russian lake

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The French national navy has not been present in the Black Sea since February 24, as the Montreux Convention, which has ruled the passage of the Bosphorus Strait for nearly 80 years, allows Turkey to block access to it. in case of conflict. Nevertheless, she is keenly watching the movements in this body of water, which has become almost exclusively Russian.

After a hundred days of war in Ukraine, the French sailors learned the first lessons. First observation, naval side: Moscow, although the straits are closed, continues to move its submarines between its port of Sevastopol and that of Latakia, Syria. They belong to the Black Sea Fleet, they argue, so they can move on and Ankara lets it go.

Second analysis, although Ukraine has managed to sink the Moscowa Russian flagship, the Black Sea Fleet, consisting of 50 ships including four Kilo-class attack submarines, remains a threat, the French navy points out.

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If the Russian fleet does not appear to be able to conduct an amphibious operation on Odessa, it is blocking access. One hundred mines were mined, five of which were reportedly derived. And the Russian navy, now firmly established on Snake Island, controls the Gulf of Odessa, taking advantage of the vacuum left by other navies and the fact that Ukraine does not have warships.

It is therefore mandatory to set up a non-militarized maritime corridor to allow merchant ships to export Ukrainian grain. Doing so without the consent of the Russians seems risky, say high-ranking officials, pointing out that in this Black Sea, which has become a Russian lake, it is important to control the escalation of violence.


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