SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian border police have discovered and seized more than 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of cocaine in waters near the country's Black Sea coast.
‘Great Move’ begins to relocate Istanbul Airport
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's main international airport in Istanbul is closing and moving to a new base in a massive logistical operation.
The relocation of Ataturk International Airport to...
WASHINGTON (AP) — NATO foreign ministers approved a series of measures Thursday aimed at countering Russia in the Black Sea region, an agreement that comes amid public rifts between the United...
Ukraine introduces new sanctions against Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has ordered new sanctions against Russian companies and individuals involved in construction and other activities in Crimea.
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin led thousands to chant "Russia!" on a visit Monday to Crimea marking the fifth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula's annexation from Ukraine, as NATO and...
2 arrested in Georgia for trying to sell uranium
MOSCOW (AP) — Security officials in the country of Georgia say two men have been arrested for possessing uranium that they were planning to sell.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — In the five years since the Sochi Olympics, Russians have been flocking south to enjoy their subtropical ski slopes.
6 remain missing after Black Sea ship fire
MOSCOW (AP) — Ambulance crews on the Crimean Peninsula transported a dozen survivors of a ship fire to hospitals on Tuesday while six of their crewmates have remained missing in the Black Sea. At least 14 sailors died in the tragedy.
Russia: 14 sailors killed when ships catch fire in Black Sea
MOSCOW (AP) — Two Tanzanian-flagged commercial vessels caught fire in the Black Sea, leaving at least 14 sailors dead, Russian officials said Monday. Five other sailors were missing.
The Federal Agency for the Sea and River Transport said the fire erupted while fuel was being pumped from one tanker to another. The blaze spread from one ship to the other, prompting the crews to jump overboard, according to Russian news agencies.
Plane makes emergency landing in Black Sea port in Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities say an airplane flying from Cyprus to the Romanian capital has made an emergency landing in the Black Sea port of Constanta because of a problem with the wing flaps. Nobody has been reported injured.
Authorities said the Romanian airline Blue Air flight from Larnaca to Bucharest, carrying 109 passengers and crew, landed safely in Constanta on Sunday afternoon.
Moscow courts extends arrest for Ukrainian seamen
MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has extended the detention of eight Ukrainian seamen who were among 24 captured by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea.
Three Ukrainian vessels and their crews were fired at and seized by the Russians in November. Russia insists the men should be put on trial for violating its border. Ukraine calls them prisoners of war who were illegally captured.
Cargo ship sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast; 6 dead
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A cargo ship sank in rough waters off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Monday, killing six crew members including its captain, officials and media reports said. Seven other crew members were rescued.
Turkish authorities launched a search and rescue mission off the Black Sea coastal province of Samsun after receiving a distress signal from the Panama-flagged vessel, Volgo Balt 214, the governor's office said.
Ukraine’s leader announces end of 30-day martial law
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's leader has announced an end to the 30-day martial law imposed after Russia seized Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea.
Ukraine announced martial law last month after Russian coast guards fired at and seized three Ukrainian ships and their crews. The 24 seamen still remain in Russian custody.
The incident is another episode in the long-simmering conflict between the two countries that started in 2014 with Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.
UK defense chief takes Black Sea ride on Ukrainian gunboat
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Britain's defense minister has taken a ride aboard a Ukrainian naval vessel in the Black Sea in a gesture of support after last month's naval clash between Russia and Ukraine.
On Nov. 26, Russian coast guard vessels fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval ships in the Black Sea as they tried to sail to Ukrainian ports on the nearby Sea of Azov. Russia also detained the ships' 24 crewmen.
16 crew rescued from cargo ship that ran aground off Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish coastal emergency teams have rescued 16 crew members from a cargo ship that ran aground off the Black Sea coast of Sile in a dramatic operation that lasted several hours.
The Comoros-flagged ship, Natalia, ran aground in rough seas early Wednesday en route to Istanbul from Russia.
Official: Ukraine plans another naval foray into Sea of Azov
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine plans to again send its warships into the Sea of Azov, a top Ukrainian official said, a move that could set the stage for another clash with Russia.
Oleksandr Turchynov, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, said in an interview with the BBC published Wednesday that another such mission is necessary to prevent Russia from claiming control over the body of water. Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denounced his remarks as a "provocation."
Local police chief dies in attack in Turkey; 2 officers hurt
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A police officer angered that his request for a transfer was rejected fired shots at his superiors inside a police station in northern Turkey on Tuesday, killing the local police chief and wounding two other officers.
The attack occurred in the Black Sea coastal city of Rize after the police chief met with a traffic police officer but turned down his request for a new posting, Rize Gov. Kemal Ceber told reporters.
EU eyes ways to bolster Ukraine economy amid Russia tension
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is studying ways to help bolster the economy in strife-torn eastern Ukraine, the EU's top diplomat said Monday, amid tensions with Russia over a naval confrontation in the Black Sea last month.
Ukraine has been seeking help from its international partners at the EU and NATO since Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian navy vessels in the Black Sea on Nov. 25. The crews were captured and the ships seized.
Pentagon reveals US observation flight over Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) — An unarmed U.S. Air Force plane with American and international observers flew a special flight over Ukraine Thursday in a show of solidarity after Ukraine's naval confrontation last month with Russia in the Black Sea, the Pentagon said.
Ukraine: Shipping traffic resumes following Russia standoff
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shipping traffic has resumed to and from Ukraine's ports on the Sea of Azov following a standoff with Russia, a Ukrainian minister said Tuesday.
Commercial ships were moving through the Kerch Strait linking the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said.
The Latest: Ukraine seeks NATO support over Russia standoff
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between Russia and Ukraine(all times local):
NATO foreign ministers are meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin as the country seeks international backing for its Black Sea standoff with Russia.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the 28 other NATO foreign ministers will offer political support to Ukraine, but will not provide naval escorts or any military assistance beyond what's being done now.
Ukraine calls up reservists amid rising tensions with Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president announced a partial call-up of reservists for training amid tensions with Russia, saying Monday that the country needs to beef up its defenses to counter the threat of a Russian invasion.
The Kremlin dismissed the Ukrainian leader's statement as an "absurd" attempt to inflame tensions.
Ukraine urges German naval presence in Black Sea
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's leader called on Germany and its allies to boost their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter Russia from further aggression in the region and said Russia was blockading Ukrainian ports on the nearby Sea of Azov.
Ukraine cites massive buildup of Russian forces along border
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is building up its land forces and weapons along the border, Ukraine's president said Saturday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia not to block Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine were still escalating a week after a naval clash in the Black Sea on Nov. 25 in which Russia fired on three Ukrainian naval ships then seized them and their 24 crew members.
The Latest: Merkel: Russia can’t block Ukraine’s ports
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the current dispute between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Russia must allow ships access to Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait, which separates the Russian mainland from the annexed Crimean Peninsula.
Merkel spoke to reporters Saturday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires after holding a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine urges NATO to deploy ships in dispute with Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The president of Ukraine is urging NATO to deploy warships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could worsen tensions between the two countries following a weekend confrontation in the waters off the Crimean Peninsula.
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Putin derides Ukraine’s martial law as political trick
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president donned combat fatigues to implement martial law in much of the country on Wednesday, a move Russia denounced as a cynical political trick as both sides ratcheted up tensions after a weekend standoff in the Black Sea.
Each side blamed the other for the bellicose turn of events, with Ukraine saying Russia is preparing for a full-scale invasion and Moscow calling it a political stunt by an unpopular president facing tough elections.
Trump says he may cancel Putin meeting, White House warns Xi
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast into doubt a key component of his upcoming trip to an international summit in Argentina as he suggested Tuesday he may cancel his planned sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships last weekend.
Russia starts prosecuting Ukrainians after sea clash
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia on Tuesday began prosecuting the crew of Ukrainian navy vessels captured over the weekend in a confrontation off Crimea, putting some of the seamen on camera, where they confessed to intruding into Russian waters.
After dispute with Russia, Ukraine to impose martial law
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament voted Monday to impose martial law in parts of the country to fight what its president called "growing aggression" from Moscow after a weekend naval confrontation off the disputed Crimean Peninsula in which Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels amid renewed tensions between the neighbors.
The Latest: Trump fails to single out Russia in Ukraine spat
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):
President Donald Trump says the U.S. doesn't approve of escalating violence "either way" between Russia and Ukraine.
Speaking publicly for the first time after a weekend naval confrontation off the disputed Crimean Peninsula raised tensions anew in the volatile region, Trump is not specifically calling out Russia's behavior.
AP Explains: Russia-Ukraine dispute raises new tensions
MOSCOW (AP) — A dispute between Russia and Ukraine in the waters off the Crimean Peninsula has raised the prospect of a larger military confrontation between the two neighbors.
It follows 4½ years of bloodshed between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
A look at the conflict, its roots and possible outcomes:
Russia fires on Ukrainian vessels in Black Sea; 2 wounded
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's coast guard opened fire on and seized three of Ukraine's vessels Sunday, wounding two crew members, after a tense standoff in the Black Sea near the Crimean Peninsula, the Ukrainian navy said.
Russia blamed Ukraine for provoking the incident, which sharply escalated tensions that have been growing between the two countries since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and it has worked steadily to bolster its zone of control around the peninsula.
The Latest: Security Council to meet over Russia, Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian-Ukrainian naval tensions near Crimea (all times local):
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council has been called over the escalating situation between Russia and Ukraine.
Haley tweeted that a meeting has been called for 11 a.m. Monday.
Putin and Erdogan mark key phase in natural gas pipeline
ISTANBUL (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have marked the completion of a key phase of TurkStream, a natural gas pipeline connecting the two countries.
Speaking at a ceremony in Istanbul, Erdogan announced the offshore part of TurkStream's two parallel lines two kilometers deep in the Black Sea had been finished and said the final leg of the "historic project" had been reached.
US expands sanctions over Russia activities in Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. imposed sanctions Thursday on three men and nine entities, including a luxury hotel on the Black Sea, as it seeks to increase pressure on Moscow over its annexation of Crimea and human rights abuses in Ukraine.
Pentagon: Russian jet flies too close to US aircraft
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says that a Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. military reconnaissance plane in international airspace over the Black Sea on Monday.
Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon says the Russian SU-27 made a high-speed pass directly in front of the U.S. EP-3 and came "very, very close" to the American aircraft. Pahon says the Russian jet then activated its afterburners creating more turbulence, and then made a second pass by the U.S. plane.
Bus crash in Turkey kills 2, wounds 31 including soldiers
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a passenger bus has crashed into the back of a truck on a highway in northern Turkey, killing two people and wounding 31 others — including several soldiers travelling to join their army units.
Anadolu Agency says the accident occurred Thursday near the town of Tosya, in the Black Sea coastal province of Kastamanu.
The bus driver and his assistant were killed at the scene.
Georgians choose new president directly for last time
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Residents of Georgia on Sunday voted for a new president of the former Soviet republic on the Black Sea, the last time the president will be elected by direct ballot.
Opinion polls ahead of the vote suggested that none of the 25 candidates was likely to receive the absolute majority need for a first-round win. If no one wins 50 percent support, a runoff between the top two candidates is to be held by Dec. 1.
Georgians to vote in last direct election for president
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Sunday's election will be the last time residents of the former Soviet republic of Georgia get to cast a ballot for president — that's if any of the 25 candidates gets an absolute majority.
Opinion polls suggest that none of the candidates will exceed the 50 percent needed for a first-round victory and that the country on the Black Sea will have to choose between Sunday's two top candidates in a runoff that would be held no later than Dec. 1.
Flash floods kill 6 in southern Russia; 1 person missing
MOSCOW (AP) — At least six people died as flash floods hit southern Russia, paralyzing road and train traffic across the Black Sea region and forcing hundreds to evacuate their homes, rescue officials said Friday.
The region, which hosted many events for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, saw a huge amount of rain on a single day — Wednesday — that equaled the region's average rainfall for two months. The deluge caused rivers to overflow and roar down the mountainous area.
Scientists discover what they say is oldest intact shipweck
LONDON (AP) — A team of maritime archaeologists, scientists and surveyors has discovered what it believes to be the world's oldest intact shipwreck — a Greek trading vessel whose design had previously been seen only on ancient pottery.
The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology project says it found the wreck off the Bulgarian coast at a depth of 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) in oxygen-free conditions that preserved its components. The group says the vessel has been carbon dated to more than 2,400 years ago.
Student gunman kills 19, wounds 50 at school in Crimea
MOSCOW (AP) — An 18-year-old student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoodie covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding more than 50 others before killing himself.
Romania names regional prosecutor for top anti-graft post
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's justice minister on Thursday chose a regional prosecutor to head the country's anti-corruption agency, a highly scrutinized post in one of the most graft-riddled countries in the European Union.
The ministry said Justice Minister Tudorel Toader had proposed Adina Florea, a senior prosecutor in the Black Sea city of Constanta, to head the National Anti-Corruption Directorate.