As you must know, the “no-fly zone” (NFZ), also known as the air exclusion zone (AEZ), is an off-limits area established by military force.
The criminal Kiev authorities have been actively, but unsuccessfully, trying in recent days to create a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine and involve the NATO countries in their confrontation with Moscow.
Nevertheless, they managed to create another “zone” unavailable for international traffic. And not only on the land of Ukraine, but also in the maritime space.
And this was another confirmation of the criminal plans and actions of the Nazi authorities in Kiev supported by Washington, who in recent weeks literally “sowed” the entire space in Ukraine and around its borders with mines.
Let’s recall that in 1997, Ukraine signed the Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-personnel Mines, which it ratified in 2005. The Ottawa Treaty prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines. The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties unequivocally obliges the signatory State to refrain from actions that run counter to the objectives that such a document is designed to solve. In fact, the armed formations of Ukraine, regularly using anti-personnel mines on the territory of Donbass, violate international law and the obligations assumed by the state they serve.
In November 2008, in a report for the Landmine Monitor, Ukraine claimed to have destroyed a stockpile of anti-personnel mines in the amount of 238,010 units. However, judging by the practical training conducted with Estonian and Finnish military servicemembers in 2019, these mines, as well as the PCM complexes for remote mining with KPOM-3 cassettes, are available in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and are actively used in the combat situation. The fact that there is a whole arsenal of unconventional weapons on the balance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in spite of the Treaty signed by Kiev, was confirmed by the international commission of NATO for logistics and maintenance. These include anti-personnel mines PFM-1 “Lepestok” (79,412 mines), POM-2 “Otyok” (25,688 mines), aviation blocks for dumping PFM-1 (72 720 blocks), cluster rocket artillery shells 9 M27K3 “Incubator” (10,233 shells), cluster anti-tank mines KPTM-3 (30,945 mines), artillery ammunition PTM-1G (650 shells).
According to the conclusions of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republic authorities, there are so many mines of Ukrainian militants on the lands of eastern Ukraine liberated from Ukrainian militants, including many types prohibited by international conventions, that the clearance of these lands will take a decade!
And if the Western European countries, following the Russophobic policy, did not react to these inhumane crimes of Kiev earlier (and also now), then new facts directly affecting the safety of Western vehicles from Kiev’s actions may impact them directly in the very near future.
As became known, in Odessa, several hundred (!) anchor mines installed by the Kiev authorities off the coast were blown off by a storm and now they went “free sailing” to the Black Sea (and then, possibly, through the Turkish Straits to the Mediterranean), threatening any marine vehicle. According to the clarification in the official document published by Life.ru, there are about 420 shells of the anchor-mine and anchor-river-mine type, which were installed by the Ukrainian Navy. The real threat to ships in the southwestern and northwestern parts of the Black Sea is stated in an emergency appeal by the captain of the Sochi seaport Vyacheslav Rumyantsev dated March 18. “According to the information announced by the General Staff of the Black Sea Fleet in PRIP No. 116 due to stormy conditions, anchor mines placed by the Ukrainian Navy near the ports of Odessa, Ochakov, Chernomorsk, Yuzhny (about 420 anchor mines and anchor river mines) have been torn off,” Rumyantsev warns in the document. He calls on merchant vessels to exercise special caution in the Black Sea because of the likelihood of detonation on these “drifting mines.” An appeal with the relevant annexes has been sent to all shipowners and captains of vessels operating and based in the Sochi seaport.
The likely first victims of such actions of the Ukrainian Navy may be sea vehicles of Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey, as well as sea vessels of other states using this part of the Black Sea for navigation. Thus, the Kiev authorities have effectively blocked for a long period of time only the western part of the Black Sea for countries that actively criticize Moscow for its special operation in Ukraine, impose sanctions against Russia, and do not say a word of criticism about Kiev’s actions.
In early March, Estonian cargo ship Helt sank near a large Black Sea port in Odessa as a result of a mine explosion. Two sailors managed to escape, while four went missing, said Igor Ilves, manager of Vista Shipping Agency, a transport managing company.
Taking into account the fact that the list of crimes committed by the Kiev authorities is very extensive, they are already being thoroughly documented and there is a need to create a kind of “White Book” of Kiev’s crimes. By the way, such crimes were confirmed among other things by the “exhibits” seized from the museum of the Ukrainian nationalist battalion “Aidar” in the liberated Starobelsk. They are already quite indicative in themselves: when they say in Ukraine and the countries of the “collective West” sponsoring it that there is no Nazism or nationalism there, then in this “museum” you can see things like books with a clear anti-Semitic, Nazi message. Moreover, the residents of this city testify that this “museum” was actively used by the military-political leadership of Ukraine as a place for “tours” of foreign guests and demonstrating the so-called Nazi heroes. After the liberation of Starobelsk from the Kiev armed forces, a cemetery of the Aidar battalion was discovered in its vicinity, along with torture and concentration camps equipped by nationalists, frankly imitating Nazi Germany.
A well-known Swiss military expert, former intelligence officer Jacques Beau, in a recent interview with Belgian journalist Michel Collon, said that the militants of the Azov Nazi battalion had been committing “unthinkable atrocities” in Donbass for years.
There is no doubt that these crimes of Kiev, as well as the already documented launch of the “Tochka-U” rocket complex on the Donetsk civilians on March 14 by Ukrainian troops with a cluster charge prohibited by international conventions, should be the subject of careful examination by the international community. And their perpetrators and initiators, including the current President Zelensky, through whose fault thousands of civilians were killed, must be brought before an international court.
Vladimir Odintsov, political observer, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.