Fear of war in Ukraine - Power struggle for the Sea of Asov | DW Documentary

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On the eve of presidential elections in Ukraine, the power struggle on the Sea of Asov is coming to a head. The Sea of Asov borders both Ukraine and Russia.

Both states have the right to use it. Yet Russia is setting up obstacles to shipping on the sea. What if a situation similar to that in Crimea is threatening this region? Oleksandr Oliynyk, director of the port of Mariupol, is convinced that ‘Russia wants to destabilize our region and is exerting economic pressure to acquire what it failed to get in 2014.’ The economy of Mariupol has been suffering since the start of the war in Eastern Ukraine. The amount of cargo handled by the port has plummeted. Difficulties for ports in eastern Ukrainian were exacerbated after the opening of the Kerch bridge, connecting the annexed Crimean peninsula with the Russian mainland. Freight ships with a height of more than 33 meters cannot pass under the bridge, and can no longer reach eastern Ukraine.
Russian border controls and the coastguard body of the FSB, the domestic Russian secret service, make matters worse, costing money and days of waiting for the ship owners. Fewer and fewer shipping firms are willing to call at eastern Ukrainian ports. ‘Of course we’re worried about losing our jobs’ says Artjom, a docker who has been working a reduced four-day week for some time. His colleague Sergej, at the neighboring shipyard, has had his hours cut since the beginning of this year. Everyone here is feeling Russia’s increasing pressure and dominance. Many are afraid that the war could also soon reach Mariupol.
The documentary accompanies people in Mariupol and Berdjansk through their daily lives, just a stone’s throw from the front line. Their livelihoods are inextricably linked with the Sea of Asov, and they are at risk of becoming embroiled in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

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As a Ukrainian I can tell you that whilst the Russians are a problem the biggest problem is our own government and the amount of blatant corruption

Author — Igor Lyubenok


Working men just trying to feed their families. What a shame. They are no threat to anyone just let them fish. The little guy always gets the shit end of the stick in war and political tensions like this.

Author — Bob Taint


I would have hoped a DW Reporter would have been a bit more balanced.
The ports are not busy because 60% of Ukraines Exports went to Russia.
Ukraine banned Exports to Russia. Russia did not ban Ukraines Exports.
The bit about the Bridge being too low for big ships is all bull. The Sea of Azov can only take ships with a draft of 7m.
At least you are balanced about the Corrupt Ukranian Authorities.
On top of that Porky is penalizing his own people blaming Russia. It is not Russia that has stopped the fishing. It is not Russia that stops Exports to Russia.
How about Germany buys something from Ukraine.
The Gas prices went up because Ukraine lost its subsidised Gas prices from Russia and the EU and USA treating Ukraine like Greece forced Ukraine to lift Gas prices before they would give Ukraine Loans. Ukraine still only pays World Prices for Gas. Less than most of Europe.


Author — Skippy


in the end, it's always the civilian that suffer...

Author — Cybernator


These poor fishermen have to work their Asov to earn a living.

Author — Duncan


we all need to realise the gov. is the true enemy. we're just pawns that don't benefit from war. only the rich and power gain from it. im sure if people really sat down for a beer we'd all agree with alot more

Author — Jack Mechak


The poor fisherman. He is a small fish, getting crushed between two whales

Author — czdaniel1


The Russians are so mf invaders, l had an Armenian friend who hated those mf for invading his home

Author — Alex Vaquerano


Im Ukrainian im living in the safe part of Ukraine. People are so poor so thay have to take loan to pay for commodities. For tap water gas and central heating thats insane.
My grandma works in Church and I often hear stories about elder people who hanged themselves because they got debts and got cut of electricity and water.

Author — Bogdan


Many people in both Russia and Ukraine desire not supremacy battle, but peaceful and happy lives…

Author — Empress Naomiho


So it is the Ukrainians government people stopping them fishermen..?

Author — Ion Pribeagu


that fisherman being troubled by his own government and system sucks ...
ukraine's main enemy is corruption ...

Author — nepaliman


Civilian ships can come and go, as are Ukrainian naval ships.  Just have to register to pass Kirch Strait area, pilot for a short distance.

Author — Bruce MacKinnon


Well at least Joe Biden's son got a high paying job at a Ukraine oil co.

Author — william33870


Can you imagine, they still believe that in the Donbass they are fighting with Russia. Why they do not fight with Russia in the Crimea is a rhetorical question.

Author — Александр Шумихин


Starving the people through economical means by their own government

Author — Alvin Tey


anyone remember that day we stole all the ukrainean gold :"D

Author — Michael Jordan


And the conflict will never stop....2019 and there are still miserable countries...

Author — me me


How many years they talk about new AGGRESION from RUSSIA it is become laughable, from other side if RUSSIA really whish that they do it for 24h all whit Nato or whit out, of corse tag they check every ship

Author — runxxeroxx


Fools divorce is always painful! Now because of other powers look at your misery