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The Milky Way sinking into the Black Sea | The Black Sea is a body of water in Southeastern Europe, bounded by Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. It is supplied by a number of major rivers, such as the Danube, Dnieper, Rioni, Southern Bug, and Dniester. The Black Sea has an area of 436,400 km2 (168,500 sq mi) (not including the Sea of Azov), a maximum depth of 2,212 m (7,257 ft), and a volume of 547,000 km3 (131,000 cu mi).


The Khazar khanate existed during the early medieval period in the area between the Sea of Azov and the Caspian Sea, and excavations of burial grounds and settlements have produced many interesting finds. Most important are the items from the Khazar fortress of Sarkel (834-965) and the Slavic town of Belaya Vezha (existed up to 1173), such as weapons (a flail and arrow-heads), farming tools, domestic objects and ornaments (silver plaques for clothing and belts, ornamented articles of bone…


✠ Gerhard Köppen (17 May 1918 – 5 May 1942) missing in action following combat north of Akmonaj, last seen swimming in the Sea of Azov.


The Maykop culture (also spelled Maikop), ca. 3700 BC—2500 BC, was a major Bronze Age archaeological culture in the Western Caucasus region of Southern Russia. It extends along the area from the Taman Peninsula at the Kerch Strait to near the modern border of Dagestan and southwards to the Kura River. The culture takes its name from a royal burial found in Maykop in the Kuban River valley.


John Robarts, VC. Sea of Azov, Crimea 1855(Aged 37).Chief Gunner, Royal Navy HMS Ardent . B 1818 D 1888 Buried at Highland Rd Cemetery, Portsmouth.


■ Leibstandarte at Mariupol - captured on October 8, 1941. In early September 1941, the Leibstandarte rejoined the advance towards the Sea of Azov, meeting heavy enemy resistance as the Red Army’s battered divisions pulled back towards the Crimean Peninsula. Dietrich’s men then swung east, heading towards Rostov on the Don, capturing Romanovka, Berdyansk and Mariupol in the face of bitter fighting.