Since the beginning of the large-scale Russian aggression, our Association and other structures of Ukrainian state and civil society have consistently and convincingly reported the International Maritime Organization, other supranational structures and national maritime administrations with examples of Russia’s gross and mass violations of international maritime and humanitarian law in maritime waters around Crimean peninsula.

As the media previously reported, in response to such violations on March 9, the European Union imposed sanctions on the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping by approving Council Regulation (EU) 2022/394. This not only means corresponding restrictions on Russia’s commercial shipping and shipbuilding, but also deprives Russia of at least tens of millions of dollars in direct revenue annually. It also destroys the network of Russian special services that operated under the umbrella of Russian Register’s “offices” in many European countries.

Moreover, as a result of the relevant appeals, an extraordinary session of the Council of the International Maritime Organization C/ES.35 on the the impacts on shipping and seafarers of the situation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov held on March 10-11, 2022. In the future, our work to limit the aggressor state’s maritime capacity will be continued and intensified.