The OSCE Permanent Council will hold a special session in Vienna, so as to discuss the Russian military aggression against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov. The country’s permanent mission in the UN and OSCE posted this on Twitter.
‘Today, at 5 p.m., a special session of the OSCE Permanent Council will be held. The session is to be convened on the demand of Ukraine’s delegation in OSCE and under the instructions of President Petro Poroshenko, within the political and diplomatic response to another act of the armed aggression of Russia against Ukraine,’ reads the post.
As is known, Russian naval group attacked the Ukrainian Navy vessels in Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov on November 25. The incident took place as two Ukraine’s small gunboats and a tugboat were heading from Mariupol to Odesa. The Border Guard of Russian FSB demanded that the Ukrainian ships halt since they illegally entered the Russian waters in the area of Kerch Strait. The Ukrainian vessels continued to move on, obeying the order of the naval command. The Russian gunboats and gunships escorted them and then opened fire. The attack rendered all three vessels immobile, and six Ukrainian sailors were wounded.
The Ukrainian side and a number of foreign authorities unanimously condemned Russia’s actions in this case. Kyiv turned for international assistance on this issue. Meanwhile, three of the six injured Ukrainian sailors are at a hospital in Kerch in the annexed Crimea. Russian ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova stated their condition was ‘fine’.