The U.S. Department of State has said the Russian Federation is trying to destabilize Ukraine by its actions in the Sea of Azov.
"We consider Russia's obstacles to international shipping in the Sea of Azov as another example of Russia's attempts to destabilize Ukraine," the U.S. Department of State told Voice of America's Ukrainian Service.
"The U.S. continues to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders. We also call on Russia to stop creating obstacles to international shipping in the Sea of Azov," it said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons George Tuka said the use of force to unlock the situation around Ukrainian navigation in the Sea of Azov was among the possible scenarios.
What is more, the Ukrainian Navy's Command unveiled its strategy for the development of the Ukrainian Navy until 2035, which foresees measures to counter Russian aggression.