August 2021. Berdiansk, Ukraine. Locals and vacationers by the Azov sea front in the port city of Berdiansk. Berdiansk is on the northern coast of the Sea of Azov, which is the northern extension of the Black Sea. Berdiansk is the second largest Ukrainian sea port on the Sea of Azov after Mariupol. Both cities' economies have been immensely impacted by the Russian takeover of the Kerch straight and the war in Donbass. Russia has imposed artificial delays to commercial vessels travelling through the straight and the bridge height has made passage impossible for the larger ships.