Sea of, a northern arm of the Black Sea connected with the Black Sea by Kerch Strait. About 14,500 sq. mi. (37,555 sq. km).
Contemporary Examples

Fellow volunteers helped a wounded soldier from the Azov Batallion climb out of a car at a Ukraine National Guard checkpoint.
Defying NATO, Ignoring Ceasefire, Russian-Backed Troops Keep Rolling Ted Phillips September 3, 2014

Peter the Great (1682-1725) led a military expedition against the Turkish fort of Azov that was a disaster.
Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself P. J. O’Rourke May 10, 2014

Although, speaking of resorts, now that Provincetown is out, weather on Sea of Azov is lovely in August.
PJ O’Rourke on Putin’s Crimea for Help P. J. O’Rourke March 6, 2014

One soldier from the Azov Battalion, a volunteer brigade, said it was attacked in Vynohradne, a suburb adjacent to the city.
Defying NATO, Ignoring Ceasefire, Russian-Backed Troops Keep Rolling Ted Phillips September 3, 2014

The volunteer battalion Biletsky serves with, Azov, counts a few hundred armed militants.
Ukraine’s President Wowed Congress, But His Party Has a Dark Side Anna Nemtsova September 18, 2014

Historical Examples

Azov was a very strong fortress and was defended by a numerous garrison.
The Empire of Russia John S. C. Abbott

Before the Russian conquest it extended as far as the Sea of Azov.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6 Various

The inspector told us how the Sevastopol railway stole three hundred carriages from the Azov line and painted them its own colour.
Letters of Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov

An overpowering fleet accordingly sailed towards the entrance of the Sea of Azov.
How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves W.H.G. Kingston

Gordon and Le Fort, with their two corps and other forces, marched on Azov in 1695.
The World’s Greatest Books, Vol XII. Arthur Mee

Sea of Azov, a shallow arm of the Black Sea, to which it is connected by the Kerch Strait: almost entirely landlocked; fed chiefly by the River Don. Area: about 37 500 sq km (14 500 sq miles)


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