After heavily bombing major cities in Ukraine following their initial advance into Ukrainian territory, the Russian forces have canceled their bid to send its four warships through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits into the Black Sea upon Turkey’s request.

This is a significant action from Ankara as it is an ally of both the United States and Russia, which is why it has been cautious in its diplomatic moves in the recent week following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It can be remembered that a number of Russian warships navigated through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits earlier in February, with Ropucha-class tank landing ships RTS Georgy Pobedonosets (016), RTS Olenegorsky Gornyak (012), and the Ivan Gren-class RTS Pyotr Morgunov entering the straits. Three amphibious warships soon followed with the RFS Minsk (127), RFS Korolev (130), RFS Kaliningrad (102), and a Kilo-class diesel-electric attack boat RTS Rostov-na-Donu (B-237) joining the fleet in Russian naval base Sevastopol in Crimea.