As has been repeatedly reported, large-scale aggression against Ukraine has led to Russia’s systemic provocations in the field of navigation safety in the Black Sea region, consisting in distorting the information of international navigation systems, shelling merchant ships and throwing loose sea mines into the water area, followed by blaming Ukraine for this.

Since the Black Sea NATO countries are reserved about Russian actions and do not succumb to these provocations, the aggressor continues to carry them out, but in a tragicomic dimension. In particular, it is reported that Russian invaders allegedly found another “Ukrainian sea mine”, allegedly thrown ashore by a storm on the beach near the village of Vitine, Saki District.

By a “strange coincidence” there is the “68th separate marine engineering regiment” of the aggressor’s Black Sea Fleet, the so-called “military unit 86863”, not far from the Vitine’s beach in Yevpatoria townwhich, in particular, is responsible for “mining the coast from enemy landings”.

But even if we assume that the invaders did not bring this mine on the beach just from the Yevpatoria storage, but dropped it with others in the sea area, these actions of theirs to escalate the situation clearly contrast with the aggressor’s propaganda statements about “restoring sea communication” between Yalta and Sevastopol on hydrofoil passenger ships, and between Sochi and Yalta on the infamous “cruise liner” “Prince Vladimir the Great”.

These propaganda announcements testify either to the understanding by the occupiers of the absence of a real mine danger in the Black Sea, or to the preparation by the aggressor of provocations precisely with the “undermining on a floating Ukrainian mine” of a passenger ship.