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Azov Escalation – Russians ram Ukrainian Navy tugboat, and open fire on Ukrainian gunboat


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This appears to be an act of war and a clear breach of international law. Russia is denying access to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait, which is considered international waters. Russia, however, will declare they control the Kerch Strait, as their bridge must be protected. 

Next will be the seizing of Ukrainian vessels. Russia, of course, will blame Ukraine as crossing through Russian waters without permission. 

De Facto, Russia is seizing more Ukraine territory and the West is not going to do a damn thing to protect or assist Ukraine. Once again, Russia is illegally seizing foreign sovereign area for themselves. Once again…

  • No international force is holding Russia responsible. 
  • No international force will hold Russia accountable.
  • No international force will punish Russia.  
  • All we will see or hear are empty words. 

If, and that is a big if, anybody attempts to ram a damning statement through at the UN, Russia will veto it. 

If, and again that is another big if, someone stands up and demands the use of force, Russia will quietly remind us that it has nukes.

This cannot stand.

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The Russians have closed the Kerch Strait, following an incident during which an FSB vessel rammed a Ukrainian tugboat in the Azov Sea following its transit through the strait. Latest reports are the Russians have opened fire on one of the Ukrainian boats, and are preparing to board the Ukrainian vessels with special forces troops.

It is unclear whether the Ukrainians will be able to defend these assets. Russia has been harassing the Ukrainian boats with Su-25M FROGFOOTs and Ka-52 HOKUM attack helicopters. There are no reports of any Ukrainian air assets in the area.


Цензор.НЕТ on Twitter: “⚡️ Russian invaders attacked the armored boat of the Ukrainian Navy, there are casualties”

Taras Chmut on Twitter: “WARNING!!! Russia attacked one of the armoured boats of the Navy of Ukraine !!! At least one of our sailors suffered! More information about the entire transition is collected and updated in one material – – https://t.co/foJ9PAARyz”

Ukrainian boats near Kerch Strait are ready for possible boarding by assault forces – Voronchenko | Radio Svoboda

The commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Ihor Voronchenko estimated the situation near the Kerch Strait as “complicated and tense”, but assured that the Ukrainian armored carriers are fighting ready. This is reported by the Radio Liberty correspondent.”Our crews of armored vehicles are in combat readiness and are ready for a possible landing (Russian – Ed.)” Landing, “he said in Odessa. Commenting on the situation in which Ukrainian ships appeared at the entrance to the Sea of ​​Azov, Voronchenko said: it is difficult to predict how much time they will have to wait for the possibility of crossing the Strait.At the same time, he denied Russia’s statements that the ship was hurting in the Strait – which the Russians, turning it across the straits, blocked the movement.”They act the way they did in Donuzlav Bay in Crimea in 2014 when they drowned their Russian ships and our ships could not pass. As of now neither on the right nor on the left we can not go “, – compared the admiral. According to him, there are currently eight ships in Russia near the Kerch Bridge: two vessels of the Black Sea Fleet and six boats of the FSB frontier service.Regarding the morning events of Nov. 25, when the Russian ship “Don” went to the ram of the Ukrainian raiding tugs “Yana Kapu”, Voronchenko noticed that the tug was racked more than once, but twice. In addition, representatives of the Russian Navy about 15 times a dangerous distance approaching the Ukrainian ships. The naval commander called it “a typical provocation from Russia.”According to the admiral, the Ka-52 helicopters, which the Navy had previously fixed on their ships, resorted to provocations. Asked if Ukrainian boats were able to use weapons in response to a provocation by Russian ships, the commander replied that the Navy “will clearly use all the norms of international maritime law.”The Federal Security Service of Russia has previously declared the “illegal crossing of the state border of Russia” by Ukrainian courts.On the morning of November 25, the Naval Forces of Ukraine reported that the border fleets of the Russian fleet resorted to “frankly aggressive actions”. In particular, the “Don” boundary ship went to the Ukrainian raiding tug boat. This happened while three Ukrainian ships carried out the transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol. The day before, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine informed that Kyiv is preparing a draft resolution on the militarization by Russia of the Black and Azov Seas for consideration in December at the UN General Assembly.

ВМС ЗС України – Navy.mil.gov.ua

UPDATED as of 19.00 After the start of the movement on the exit of the Navy’s navy from the Ukrainian Armed Forces from the Kerch Strait, Russian ships and boats began harassment and, in an ultimatum form, demand to stop under the threat of using weapons. Also, there was information about the transfer of Russian Special Forces to the border guard ship FS FSB “Don” in order to attempt a boarding. In spite of threats and provocations, the Ukrainian Navy continues its mission. Press Center Command Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Defence blog on Twitter: “Russian special troops prepares for storm Ukrainian warships https://t.co/hzhImAqmcr… “

Russia blocks Kerch Strait between Azov and Black Seas, two Ka-52 attack helicopters scrambled (Video) | UNIAN

Russia has blocked the passage to the Kerch Strait between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea for civilian ships after the ‘Yany Kapu’ (Yani Qapi) tugboat of Ukraine’s Navy was rammed by a Russian coast guard ship in the Sea of Azov on Sunday morning. Ships of Ukraine’s Navy have been waiting for several hours to cross the strait. Russia has blocked the passage to the Kerch Strait between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea for civilian ships after the ‘Yany Kapu’ (Yani Qapi) tugboat of Ukraine’s Navy was rammed by a Russian coast guard ship in the Sea of Azov on Sunday morning. “At 13:12 local time, two Ka-52 attack helicopters were spotted as heading for an attack course with their onboard weapon control systems aimed at the Ukrainian Navy’s boats,” the press service of the General Staff of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on Facebook on November 25.

Russia blocks Kerch Strait after Russian coast guard ship rams Ukrainian tugboat in the Azov Sea (UPDATED) | KyivPost

Russia has closed off the Kerch Strait – the straight connecting the Black Sea and Azov Sea – for non-military ships in retaliation to what the Kremlin calls trespassing into Russia’s territorial waters by three Ukrainian Navy ships, according to Alexey Volkov, general director of Russian state enterprise Crimean Sea Ports, Russian news agency TASS reported on Nov. 25 Volkov said that the strait has been closed “for security reasons.” The incident happened early in the morning on Nov. 25. The Ukrainian Navy reported that Russian coast guard patrol ship rammed a Ukrainian Navy tugboat that was crossing the Azov Sea en route from an Odesa’s port to Mariupol accompanying two small artillery boats. Ukrainian officials called the actions an aggressive attack in contravention of the United Nations Convention of the Law of Sea and of the 2003 Ukraine-Russia treaty on shared use of the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait. The Russian security service claimed that Ukrainian boats had illegally entered Russian territorial waters, a 12-mile strip along the Russian coast, and ignored Russian coast guards, TASS reported. Russian authorities have сalled the incident “a provocation from Ukrainian side” and blocked the Kerch Strait with what is reported to be a large freight carrier. They have also sent three patrol boats,two military Ka-52 helicopters, and two Su-25 fighter jets to the scene, Kerch-Info website reported. But the Ukrainian Navy press service claims that three Russian vessels passed without difficulty while the Ukrainian ships have been waiting for hours.

Russia blocks Kerch Strait amid confrontation with Ukraine – CNN

Russian authorities closed off the Kerch Strait Sunday amid a confrontation with Ukrainian naval vessels, Russian state news agencies and the Ukrainian military said.

Ukrainian ships continue to move to Mariupol port in Sea of Azov – 112.international

Ukrainian ships continue to move to the port of Mariupol, despite opposition from Russian forces. This was reported in the press service of the Naval Forces of Ukraine on Facebook. “The naval group of the Ukrainian Navy continues to move to the port of Mariupol, despite opposition from the Russian Federation. Freedom of navigation is guaranteed by international law. Complying with international maritime law, Berdyansk and Nikopol small armored artillery boats of the Ukrainian Navy, as well as the Yany Kalu raid tug continue to perform tasks at sea,” said in a statement. As we reported earlier the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The press office of the Ukrainian Navy reported this on Facebook. Related: Russian coast guard ship rams tugboat of Ukrainian Navy in Sea of Azov ‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships – Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message. It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that “the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements. The Ukrainian Navy states that “the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements.” Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law.

Russian coast guard ship damaged during clash in Sea of Azov – 112.international

Both the Ukrainian tugboat and Russia’s Federal Security Service coast guard ship were damaged during the clashes of ships in the Sea of Azov. Former Commander of the Ukrainian Navy Serhii Haiduk reported this. ‘According to the information I obtain, one of the coast guard boats of the Federal Security Service was damaged during the clashes. It was Amethyst patrol boat and now it is being repaired as an emergency ship,’ Haiduk claimed. Ukrainian Navy reported that the ships of the Russian Federation performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. In particular, Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian agency claimed that it informed about the intention to make the transition in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: Provocations of Russia in Black and Azov Seas cross the red line | UNIAN

Provocative actions by the Russian Federation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov are violating of the norms of the UN Charter and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Russia’s actions pose a threat to the security of all states of the Black Sea region. Provocative actions by the Russian Federation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov are violating of the norms of the UN Charter and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. “The Russian Federation’s provocative actions in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov have crossed the red line and have become aggressive,” Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said in an official statement in connection with recent developments in the two seas. “Ships of the Russian Federation, in violation of free navigation, have unlawfully used force in relation to ships of the Ukrainian Navy,” the statement said. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry stresses it will take all the necessary measures of diplomatic and international legal response. “We will also immediately inform partners about Russia’s aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov. Such actions pose a threat to the security of all states of the Black Sea region, and therefore require a clear response from the international community,” the ministry said. As UNIAN reported earlier, a tugboat of Ukraine’s Navy was rammed by a Russian coast guard ship in the Sea of Azov on Sunday morning.

Russia uses combat helicopters to escort Ukrainian ships in Sea of Azov – 112.international

The Russian side used helicopters to escort ships of the Ukrainian Navy. This is stated in a message posted on Facebook on the Ukrainian Armed Forces page. “At 13:12, the two Ka-52 armed helicopters started to escort Ukrainian Naval Forces ships using the onboard weapon control systems,” the message says. At the same time, it is added that the border ships of the Russian Federation also continue to escort Ukrainian ships at a dangerous distance. As we reported earlier the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The press office of the Ukrainian Navy reported this on Facebook. Related: Ukrainian ships continue to move to Mariupol port in Sea of Azov ‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships – Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message. It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that “the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements. The Ukrainian Navy states that “the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements.” Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law.

Russian special troops prepares for storm Ukrainian warships – Defence Blog

Russian special troops are preparing for storm Ukrainian naval vessels. At the moment, it is reported that Russian special forces have already arrived on helicopters that equipped with night vision systems in the area of the Kerch bridge. Several Mi-8 transport helicopters with special troops on a board landed near the village of Zavetnoe. A local source reported that the Russian side is preparing a special operation to seize the Ukrainian warships, which are located in the Kerch area under the auspices of the National Guard or Rosgvardia and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. It is expected that the storm may begin early in the morning and the reason for this will be a court decision in connection with the “crossed” the Russian marine border by Ukrainian sailors. According to the current information, Russia sends combat aircraft and Ka-52 attack helicopters at the point where are located Ukrainian Navy vessels. Russia also closed Kerch strait with a “grounded” tanker at the bridge from Azov Sea side. The Interfax news agency later reported that Russia has since closed the passage to civilian traffic, citing a local port authority, due to heightened security concerns. Russia and Ukraine, whose relations remain acutely strained after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its backing for a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, have accused each other of harassing each other’s shipping in the area. “Russian coast guard vessels (…) carried out openly aggressive actions against Ukrainian navy ships” during the transit, the Ukrainian navy statement said. It said a Russian coast guard ship damaged the tugboat’s engine, hull, side railing and a lifeboat,” said in Ukrainian Navy statement. Also added that Russia had been informed in advance about the planned transit. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine says military provocations of Russia in Black and Azov Seas cross the red line – Statement Ships of the Russian Federation have unlawfully used force in relation to ships of the Ukrainian Navy in violation of free navigation. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry stresses it will take all the necessary measures of diplomatic and international legal response. “We immediately inform partners about Russia’s aggressive actions in theAzov Sea. Such actions pose a threat to the security of all states of the Black Sea region, and therefore require a clear response from the international community”, – statement stressed. Russian news agencies reported that Russia’s FSB security service had accused Ukraine of not informing it in advance of the journey, something Kyiv denied and had said the Ukrainian ships had been maneuvering dangerously with the aim of stirring up tensions.

Ukrainian Navy puzzled by aggressive behavior of Russian Ka-52 attack helicopters – Defence Blog

The Ukrainian Navy states that Russian Ka-52 attack helicopters showing aggressive actions against Ukrainian small armoured artillery vessels circumnavigating Crimea en route to a Ukrainian port in Mariupol. According to a statement released by the Ukrainian Navy, on 25 November 25 at 13.12, were recorded incidents with two Ka-52 attack helicopters of the Russian Armed Forces that tried to targeting their combat systems on the Ukrainian warships. Russian army sent Ka-52 attack helicopters to intercept Ukraine Navy vessels. Russia and Ukraine accused each other of breaking international law on Sunday after Russian border guards tried and failed to stop two Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels circumnavigating Crimea en route to a Ukrainian port. The incident in the Black Sea reflects rising tensions between Moscow and Kyiv around the Sea of Azov which both countries have the right to use. On Sunday, the Ukrainian Navy said it had sent two small armoured artillery vessels and a tugboat from the port of Odessa to Mariupol, a journey that requires them to pass from the Black Sea via the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov. But after Russia’s coast guard ships on Sunday intentionally carried out acts of aggression against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy. “However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on Cooperation in the Use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, Russian ships – Sobol class patrol boats, the Don coast guard ship, Mangust-class patrol boats, and the Suzdalets corvette – carried out openly aggressive actions against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,” the Ukrainian Navy said in a statement on Facebook on Sunday morning. The Russian border ship “Don” mounted an intentional ram attack on a Ukrainian Navy tugboat whose main engine was damaged. It also damaged shell plating and guard railing of the Ukrainian vessel, and its life raft was lost.

Russia’s coast guard ships intentionally rammed Ukranian Navy vessel – Defence Blog

Russia’s coast guard ships on Sunday intentionally carried out acts of aggression against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy that were engaged in planned relocation from the port of Odesa to the port of Mariupol of the Sea of Azov, the Ukrainian Navy said. On November 25, Ukrainian Navy ships, consisting of two small armored artillery boats and a raid tug, carried out a planned deployed from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol of the Azov Sea. “However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on Cooperation in the Use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, Russian ships – Sobol class patrol boats, the Don coast guard ship, Mangust-class patrol boats, and the Suzdalets corvette – carried out openly aggressive actions against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,” the Ukrainian Navy said in a statement on Facebook on Sunday morning. The Russian border ship “Don” mounted an intentional ram attack on a Ukrainian Navy tugboat whose main engine was damaged. It also damaged shell plating and guard railing of the Ukrainian vessel, and its life raft was lost. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), for its part, says three Ukrainian navy vessels, which crossed the marine border on Sunday morning, are heading for Kerch strait that separates Crimea from mainland Russia. “This morning at around 7 a.m. Moscow time, three vessels belonging to Ukrainian armed forces violated the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea… to enter Russian territorial waters,” read a statement from Russia’s federal security agency FSB, which is responsible for maintaining the country’s borders. The Ukrainian Navy states that “the invaders’ dispatcher service refuses to ensure the right to freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements.” It is also noted that Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law.

Ukraine: Russian Ship Rams Navy Tugboat In Sea Of Azov – To Inform is to Influence

According to the official Russian website, RG.ru, All necessary measures will be taken to prevent the ships of the Ukrainian Navy from passing through Russian territorial waters. About this correspondent “RG” said a source in the Russian special services. RG.RU Almost every Russian state-controlled website is saying Ukraine is at fault for not following Russian dictated rules. They do not mention, however, international laws of passage. </end editorial>

New Crimea flashpoint as Russia blockades strategic waterway to stop Ukrainian ships 

Russia blockaded a strategic waterway to prevent three Ukrainian naval vessels from entering the Sea of Azov, in a sharp escalation of tensions over disputed waters around Crimea.

World War 3: Russia blames Trump and Europe after Putin warship RAMS tugboat in Black Sea | World | News | Express.co.uk

RUSSIA has been accused of ramming a Ukrainian boat off the coast Crimea as tensions between the neighbouring countries reach boiling point.

Ukraine claims Russia ‘rammed our tugboat’ off Crimea – BBC News

Russia blocks Ukrainian access to the Sea of Azov after “provocative” Ukrainian action.

Russia’s ‘Don’ coast guard ship rams Ukrainian tugboat amid transfer from Odesa to Mariupol | UNIAN

Russia’s ‘Don’ coast guard ship has rammed a Ukrainian tugboat amid the transfer of Ukrainian ships from the port of Odesa to the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov. Despite the incident, the Ukrainian Navy’s ships continue performing their tasks in keeping with international law. Russia’s ‘Don’ coast guard ship has rammed a Ukrainian tugboat amid the transfer of Ukrainian ships from the port of Odesa to the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov. “The ‘Don’ coast guard ship rammed our tugboat, as a result of which the main engine of the ship was damaged,” the Ukrainian Navy said on Facebook on Sunday morning. It also damaged the shell plating and guard railing of the Ukrainian tugboat, and its life raft was lost, it said. The incident happened on Sunday, November 25. “A group of vessels, namely two small-sized ‘Berdiansk’ and ‘Nikopol’ armored artillery boats and the ‘Yany Kapu’ (Yanı Qapı) tugboat of Ukraine’s Navy were carrying out a planned transfer from the port of Odesa to the port of Mariupol of the Sea of Azov today, November 25. Notification about the transfer plans was done in advance in accordance with international rules to ensure safe navigation. Yet, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on Cooperation in the Use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, Russian ships – Sobol-class patrol boats, the ‘Don’ coast guard ship, Mangust-class patrol boats, and the ‘Suzdalets’ corvette – carried out openly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,” the Navy said.

Russian coast guard ship rams tugboat of Ukrainian Navy in Sea of Azov – 112.international

The coast guard ships of the Russian Federation implemented aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The press office of the Ukrainian Navy reported this on Facebook. ‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two little-armored artillery boats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships – Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message.

Russia blocks access to Sea of Azov in Ukraine dispute | News | DW | 25.11.2018

Russia is stopping ships moving into the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea after three Ukrainian boats intruded into Russian territorial waters. Russian media said a cargo ship has been placed under the Kerch Strait bridge.

Russia blocks Ukrainian navy from entering Sea of Azov | Reuters

Russia stopped three Ukrainian navy vessels from entering the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait on Sunday by placing a huge cargo ship beneath a Russian-controlled bridge, with officials from both countries accusing the other of provocative behavior.

Russian ship rams Ukrainian navy tugboat near Crimea, Ukrainian navy says – Los Angeles Times

A Russian coast guard vessel rammed a Ukrainian navy tugboat near Crimea, damaging the ship’s engines and hull, the Ukrainian navy said Sunday.

Ukrainian tugboat ‘rammed’ in Black Sea standoff with Russian coast guard – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Both countries accuse each other of breaking international law after an incident that reflects rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev in the Black Sea.

Russia blocks three Ukrainian navy ships from entering Sea of Azov near Crimea – The Globe and Mail

Officials from both countries accused the other of provocative behavior on Sunday.

Kyiv Says Russian Ship Rams Ukrainian Navy Tugboat Off Crimea

Ukraine says a Russian coast guard vessel has rammed one of its navy tugboats off the Moscow-annexed Crimean Peninsula in “openly aggressive actions,” resulting in damage to the ship.

Russia’s Security Service explains its aggressive actions in Sea of Azov – 112.international

Russian authorities said that three Ukrainian warships in the Sea of Azov illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed to the Kerch Strait. This is particularly stated in the message of the Federal Security Service border guards in Crimea, reports TASS. “This morning around 07:00 Moscow time, three ships of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, in violation of Articles 19 and 21 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, defining the coastal state’s right to ensure security in the maritime territory, crossed the state border of the Russian Federation, wrongly entered in the temporarily closed water area within Russian territorial waters”, it is noted in the message. It also clarifies that the vessel headed to the Kerch Strait, which has a permissive procedure for the movement and anchorage of vessels, in accordance with the schedule of the movement and placement of vessels, approved by the captain of the Russian seaport.

MEP Rebecca Harms: Escalations in Sea of Azov are serious | UNIAN

German politician and Member of the European Parliament Rebecca Harms has commented on recent developments in the Sea of Azov after a Ukrainian tugboat was rammed by a Russian coast guard ship, saying that escalations there are serious. The incident happened on the morning of November 25.

Linas Linkevicius on Twitter: “Strongly condemn #Russia’s move to physically block Kerch Strait & ramming of Ukrainian boat. Cannot be qualified differently than an act of agression & another blatant violation of international maritime law. Such actions undermine security of the whole region. @MFA_Ukraine”

Carl Bildt on Twitter: “Signs of Russia suddenly escalating confrontation with Ukraine. Blocking Kerch straits and acces to Sea of Azov. Also blockages at land borders.… https://t.co/LrCbsXueSG”

RoksolanaToday&Крым on Twitter: “Kerch Here is the trough, which blocked the Ukrainian channel It is to blame for the fact that the Russian Federation will recently receive new useful sanctions”

Russia Scrambles Warplanes as Ukrainian Navy Moves on Kerch Strait – Sputnik International

The sudden intrusion by the Ukrainian ships prompted Russia to deploy it’s naval assets, along with military aircraft and combat helicopters, in order to contain the situation which Russian Federal Security Service described as “provocation.”

Three Ukrainian Navy Ships Crossed Russian Waters, Entered Kerch Strait – FSB – Sputnik International

Three Ukrainian Navy ships crossed into temporarily off-limits Russian territorial waters, moving from the Black Sea to the Kerch Strait, the press service of the FSB’s Crimean border department said on Monday.

Russian vessel blocks Kerch strait after Ukrainian Navy ships violate border (VIDEO) — RT World News

Tensions are running high around the Kerch Strait, separating Crimea from mainland Russia after Ukrainian vessels violated the Russian border. The passage was blocked by a cargo ship and fighter jets were scrambled.

3 Ukrainian navy ships violate Russian border near Crimea, ignore orders to leave – FSB — RT World News

Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) says three Ukrainian navy vessels, violated its border on Sunday morning, and are heading for Kerch Strait that lies between Crimea and mainland Russia.

Three Ukrainian naval vessels breach Russian border near Crimea (video)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Three Ukrainian navy vessels entered Russian territorial waters and headed towards the Kerch Strait on Sunday, as seen in

Russia, Ukraine trade blame over naval incident near Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Ukraine traded accusations over an incident at sea Sunday near the disputed Crimean Peninsula, increasing tensions between both countries and prompting Moscow to block passage through the Kerch Strait. Russia’s coast guard said that three Ukrainian navy ships made an unauthorized crossing through Russian territorial waters, while Ukraine alleged that one of its boats was rammed by a Russian coast guard vessel. The Kerch Strait is a narrow body of water nestled between Crimea and the Russian mainland.

 

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