The 114 meter long general cargo vessel Aleksey Afanasyev ran aground on the Don River near Azov, Russia. The Aleksey Afanasyev was en route to Venice from Rostov with 2888 tons of oil cakes when it grounded. The vessel was later refloated a few hours later with the assistance of an icebreaker. The Aleksey Afanasyev proceeded to Azov to be inspected for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.