Tales of the New Cold War: 2 of 2: Moscow asserts the Kerch Strait was a Kiev provocation. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com.

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(Photo:Kerch is one of the most ancient cities of Ukraine, and is strategically located along the Strait of Kerch between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. Already inhabited by the 17th century BCE, Kerch as a city started in the 7th century BCE when Greek colonists founded a city-state named Panticapaeum (fish road). Capital of an extensive kingdom, Panticapaeum suffered from Ostrogoth raids in the 1st century, and devastation by the Huns in 375. From the 6th century the city was under the Byzantine Empire. In the 7th century, the Turkic Khazars took control, and the city was named Karcha. From the 10th century the city was a Slavic settlement, then a Mongol city, then a Genoese colony in the 14th century. In 1475 Karcha passed to the Ottoman Empire. In 1771, Kerch passed into Russian hands; and finally became a city in the independent country of Ukraine. The image was acquired 22 August 2008, covers an area of 53 x 34 km, and is located near 45.3 degrees north latitude, 36.5 degrees east longitude. (Information from Wikipedia) Image credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team)

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Tales of the New Cold War: 2 of 2: Moscow asserts the Kerch Strait was a Kiev provocation. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/ukraine-movement-kerch-strait-partially-restored-181204112249926.html

Ukraine has said several ports in the Sea of Azov have been "partially unblocked" following a military standoff last week that led to 24 Ukrainian sailors being held by the Russian navy.

Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan confirmed the minor easing of tension on Tuesday.

"Yes, Berdyansk and Mariupol ports are partially unlocked. Vessels make their way to the entrance and exit through the Kerch strait towards Ukrainian ports ... the movement is partially restored," Reuters news agency quoted the minister.