The Kremlin on Friday responded to the Ukrainian military’s pledge to view all ships sailing to Russian ports in the Black Sea as legitimate targets.
“The unpredictable action and involvement of the Kiev regime in terrorist acts certainly creates a potential threat,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, using the Russian name for the Ukrainian capital.
“Such statements are directly dangerous.”
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Thursday said that “starting from 00:00 on July 21, 2023, all vessels sailing in the Black Sea in the direction of the seaports of the Russian Federation and Ukrainian seaports located on the territory of Ukraine temporarily occupied by Russia may be considered by Ukraine as carrying military cargo with all the relevant risks.”
That echoed a similar threat from Russia’s defense ministry, which said Wednesday that “all ships en route to Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea will be considered as potential carriers of military cargo.”