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Turbulent waters: How the Black Sea became a hot spot in the war

By Marc Santora and Steven Erlanger

08 Aug 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. The Black Sea has become a zone of conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with NATO countries in close proximity, increasing the risk of direct confrontation, reports The New York Times. The battle for control of the Black Sea could have implications for global energy markets and world food supplies.

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian warships patrol the surface of the Black Sea, launching missiles at Ukrainian towns while creating a de facto blockade, threatening any vessel that might try to breach it.

Skimming the water’s surface, Ukrainian sea drones carry explosives stealthily toward Russian ports and vessels, a growing threat in Ukraine’s arsenal. In the airspace above, NATO and allied surveillance planes and drones fly over international waters, gathering intelligence used to blunt Moscow’s invasion, even as Russia fills the skies with its own aircraft.

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