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Ukraine Ad Hoc Media Update (42) – Kerch Strait Attack


President Petro Poroshenko asked parliament to approve today the imposition of martial law after Russia attacked three Ukrainian Navy ships in the Azov Sea

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

Even after reading the deluge of news coverage last evening, I was incorrect in assuming the attack took place just off the coast of Mariupol.  The Russian attack on the Ukraine vessels took place in the international waters of the Black Sea. 

Ambassador Haley’s call for a UNSC meeting is what is needed for this situation.  She will rebuke Russia publicly and in the written record. Russia, however, will veto any action taken against it. 

For Ukraine, the picture is unclear as to future actions.  Ukraine’s President Poroshenko has asked for  Martial Law today, the Rada is now to vote to support or deny his action. Some believe it is an attempt to avoid the scheduled national election, as his approval rating is about 10%.  If martial law is declared, however, expect many Russian supporters to be rolled up.  It would be a huge propaganda coup for Russia is martial law not approved by Ukraine’s Rada.

Translation: “Poroshenko’s plan is understandable. Knock out Vakarchuk and Zelenskiy from the game. Election of the president to move to autumn, together with the elections of the Rada. This will play even more in the hands of the authorities-will reduce the negative due to the increase in tariffs. More-on my telegram-channel Leshchenko 

Leshchenko’s concerns are not legitimate. The Ukraine government asked for a 60 days declaration of martial law.  The election is scheduled for March 16, 2019. 

Kyiv Post has a good article as to the internal implications: UPDATE: What martial law in Ukraine could mean for nation

Yes, conventional military action is possible, but I believe highly unlikely.  I believe what we will see will be a big, literal, information war.  Propaganda, fake news, and disinformation, by both sides. The West will side with Ukraine, Russia will have a few token allies, but they will unleash the war of words and hope to salvage something with which to blame Ukraine. 

I agree with our anonymous expert’s recommendation for a huge shipment of lethal aid for Ukraine.  Pulling down the Kerch Bridge is not practical and would result in a retaliatory strike, helping nobody.

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Needless to say, the Russian propaganda machine is gloating, and having a minor Krymnash moment having again humiliated and hurt the much detested Ukrops.

Most media reports placing the Russian attack in the Azov Sea were not correct. Gen Muzhenko has provided a public brief. The Ukrainian ships waited in a holding pattern after being told the strait was blocked, and late afternoon decided to return to Odessa. On the return trip, they were attacked and disabled: Cite Gen Muzhenko: “During the passage of ships from the waiting area to the point of permanent deployment [Ed: Odessa], somewhere at a distance of 13-14 miles off Crimea coast, about 40 kilometers southeast of Kerch, the ships, which were accompanied by Russian ships and vessels, were fired upon and blocked as [Russians] fired to kill”. Kyiv has stated this is the first time since the invasion of Crimea that the Russians attacked without any false flag cover for a propaganda story.

Outcomes?

  1. Ukraine lost two low-cost riverine gunboats and one ancient tug, but 23 sailors were captured, six wounded, two of whom are reported to be seriously wounded;
  2. Russia has by its actions confirmed that it is indeed blockading the Azov Sea;
  3. Amb Haley has called a UNSC meeting;
  4. The parliament in Kyiv today votes on a temporary 60 days of martial law, that will increase powers available to roll up Russia’s proxies inside Ukraine, and allow the call-up of reservists;
  5. Russia has produced a lot of adverse media coverage globally;

How will the West respond? That remains to be seen. What would be an appropriate punishment for Russia would be a large package of free-of-charge lethal military aid, especially stuff that can really hurt the Russians, like more Javelins, TOW2s, AH-64 / Hellfire, anti-shipping missiles, surplus naval vessels, and importantly, PAC2/PAC3 SAMs, PGMs and PGAPs for Ukraine’s air force and army, and assistance rapidly integrating the latter on Ukrainian platforms.


X Soviet on Twitter: “Lavrov on the threat of new sanctions: “We stopped worrying about that a long time ago!”… “

WATCH Su-25 Flying Over Crimea Bridge After Ukrainian Provocation – Sputnik International

Russia has reopened the Kerch Strait near Crimea to shipping after three Ukrainian naval ships were seized nearby on 25 November for crossing the country’s sea border and entering the temporarily closed area of Russian territorial waters.

WATCH Russian Coast Guard pursuing Ukrainian vessels violating territorial waters — RT World News

Russian border guard ships have been chasing Ukrainian vessels that violated the border and were approaching the Kerch Strait that separates Crimea from the Russian mainland.

Kiev Urges Moscow to Return Servicemen Detained in Kerch Strait Incident – Sputnik International

KIEV (Sputnik) – Kiev is demanding that Moscow return sailors from the Ukrainian Navy ships seized for violating the Russian state border, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Ukraine to declare martial law after sea clash with Russia — RT World News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that he will propose declaring martial law in the wake of the altercation in the Black Sea that saw Russian military seize Ukrainian vessels for breaching Russian territorial waters.

Three Ukrainian Naval Ships Depart Kerch Strait, Return to Berdyansk – FSB – Sputnik International

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said Sunday it has irrefutable evidence that Ukrainian Naval Forces prepared and staged a provocation in the Black Sea.

Russia fires to kill: Ukraine’s General Staff elaborates on Russian attack on Ukrainian ships | UNIAN

Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko, stated that Russian coast guards had “fired to kill” when attacking Ukrainian ships that were by that time heading back to Odesa after they had received no information about the possibility of passing through the Kerch Strait. “On November 23, the planned redeployment started of the Ukrainian Navy ships, boats and vessels from their permanent base in Odesa to a base in Mariupol,” Muzhenko reported during a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine in Kyiv overnight Monday. “In the course of the planned redeployment, on Nov 24, we received a message about the closure of the passage zone in the Kerch Strait area. There has been no confirmation of such closure from the international control center, which is located in Spain,” he said. Muzhenko noted that at 4:00 on Nov 25, two requests were made to the control room in the occupied Kerch about the possibility of Ukrainian vessels passing and on specifying the schedule of passage in the area of the Kerch bridge. “No information, no response has been received, and they continued to move. Later, a message was received to move to the waiting area, where the order of passage under the arch of the Kerch Strait Bridge will be determined,” the Chief of the General Staff added. He noted that at 11:00 on Nov 25, a message came and a relevant information was reported by the international control center about the closing of the passage. According to him, this information was false, since at 13:40 – 13:50, a Russian ship and two Russian anti-sabotage boats passed under the arch of the Crimean Bridge, although it was reported that it was impossible to pass through the Kerch Strait due to the fact that the cargo ship had run aground. He also added that, having received no information before 17:00, the Ukrainian Navy vessels decided to return to the permanent base, Odesa. “During the passage of ships from the waiting area to the point of permanent deployment, somewhere at a distance of 13-14 miles off Crimea coast, about 40 kilometers southeast of Kerch, the ships, which were accompanied by Russian ships and vessels, were fired upon and blocked as [Russians] fired to kill,” added Muzhenko. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council overnight Monday spoke in favor of introducing martial law in Ukraine against the background of Russia’s outright aggression against Ukrainian ships. The move is to be considered by the Verkhovna Rada at its extraordinary meeting at 16:00 on Monday, Nov 26.

Russia attacks Ukrainian ships returning to Odesa after being denied information about possibility of passing under Kerch bridge – Muzhenko

Ukrainian ships were shelled when they left the Kerch Strait accompanied by Russian ships after being denied permission to cross under the bridge to the Sea of Azov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko has said. “During the scheduled voyage on November 24, 2018 we received a message about closing the passage zone in the Kerch Strait area. Confirmations through the international control center, which is located in Spain, did not have information about this zone closure,” Muzhenko reported at a meeting of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on Monday night. Muzhenko said this was a planned transfer of Ukrainian ships, boats and ships from a permanent base station in Odesa to Mariupol. “On November 25 at about 4:00 a.m., the senior officer made two requests to the control tower in Kerch regarding the possibility of passage and specifying the passage schedule in the Kerch bridge zone. No information was received. No reply was received. The ships continued their voyage. They later received a message directing them to the waiting area, where the order of passage under the arch of the Crimean bridge would be determined,” Muzhenko said. He added that on Sunday at 11:00 a message was relayed about the closure of the passage and the relevant information appeared at the international control center. Muzhenko said this information was not true, because two Russian anti-sabotage boats later passed under the arch of the Kerch bridge. Russians said it was impossible for Ukrainian vessels to pass under the bridge because a cargo ship was stranded there, Muzhenko said, adding that Ukrainian Navy ships decided to return to Odesa after not receiving additional information by 5:00 p.m. “As the ships left the waiting area and began their voyage back to their permanent base [in Odesa], somewhere at a distance of 13-14 miles from the coast of Crimea, about 40 kilometers southeast of Kerch, Russian Navy ships blocked the Ukrainian vessels and opened fire,” Muzhenko said, adding contact with the Ukrainian vessels was subsequently lost.

Ukrainian armed forces placed on full alert – Defence Blog

Ukrainian armed forces have been placed on a full alert amid situation in the Kerch Strait and the attack on Ukrainian warships. “Following the decision of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine concerning the implementation of the martial law, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has ordered to place the AFU units on full alert,” said in a statement of Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC ) of Ukraine under the chairmanship of President Petro Poroshenko approved the decision to offer the President of Ukraine the introduction of a martial law for a period of 60 days. The NSDC considers it necessary to introduce a special legal regime in Ukraine in order to create conditions for repelling armed aggression and ensuring national security, eliminating threats to independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. During the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko emphasized that Ukraine considers the attack of the Russian military on the Ukrainian Navy’s warships in the Kerch Strait as an act of aggression. “We consider it as an act of aggression against our state and a very serious threat,” the President said. “Unfortunately, there are no “red lines” for the Russian Federation,” he added. The Head of State emphasizes that, despite the fact that Ukrainian ships carried out the regular task of moving to the deployment sites in the Sea of Azov, they were attacked by Russian warships using weapons, which led to severe consequences. According to the preliminary information, six Ukrainian sailors were injured, two of them were severely wounded. According to the Chief of the General Staff of the AFU Viktor Muzhenko, despite the fact that this was a planned and absolutely legal maritime operation, which did not envisage any military actions, Russian warships used weapons against the Ukrainian warships and captured them in the neutral waters of the Black Sea. He also said that after this attack and seizure of the ships, connection with the Ukrainian ships was lost. “The use of weapons by the Russian Federation, the attack on the Ukrainian ships was unprovoked. It was, as the Chief of the General Staff has already said, a usual operation aimed to move the ships to the deployment sites Mariupol-Berdiansk. They did not have any special weapons, except for the service weapon, they had no special missions,” the President said. “We have irrefutable evidence that this aggression, this attack on the Ukrainian Navy’s warships was not a mistake, not an accident, but a targeted action, including as regards the use of weapons against Ukrainian sailors, which had severe consequences,” the President stressed. The President also noted that “in no way were the Ukrainian authorities and the Ukrainian military leadership informed about such a behavior by the Russian armed forces”.

Russian troops undergo preparations along Ukraine borders: Ukraine’s NSDC secretary | UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, has spoken of the active preparations of Russian military units along the northern, eastern, and southern borders of Ukraine. This is exactly why Ukraine needs martial law, according to Mr Turchynov.

EU expects Russia will restore freedom of passage via Kerch Strait | UNIAN

The European Union expects that the Russian Federation will restore freedom of passage via the Kerch Strait. Russia blocked the Kerch Strait passage between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov on the morning of Sunday, November 25.

Ukrainian Navy vessels captured by Russia tugged to occupied Crimea’s Kerch (photo, video) | UNIAN

Ukrainian Navy vessels – two small-sized ‘Berdiansk’ and ‘Nikopol’ armored artillery boats and the ‘Yany Kapu’ tugboat – that were captured by Russia’s coast guards in the Sea of Azov have been transported to the port of Kerch in the occupied Crimea. A criminal case has been opened following what the FSB called “violation of the state border of the Russian Federation.”

Ukraine Armed Forces on full alert – war news

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine issued an order to bring the Armed Forces of Ukraine into full combat readiness. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko overnight Monday spoke in favor of introducing martial law in Ukraine against the background of Russia’s outright aggression against Ukrainian ships.

Ukraine urges EU to impose new sanctions on Russia over attack near Kerch Strait | UNIAN

Ukraine has called on the European Union to react with the new wave of sanctions to Russia’s use of force near the Kerch Strait. “We need new sanctions against Russia. We must stop Kremlin’s war against Ukraine,” Tochytskyi stated.

Poroshenko: introduction of martial law does not mean declaration of war | UNIAN

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says that the introduction of martial law does not mean a declaration of war. The president noted that Ukraine did not give up on political and diplomatic means for liberating the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories.

Poroshenko speaks up for martial law in Ukraine; parliament to have its say on Monday | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he supports the Military Cabinet’s proposal that martial law should be introduced in the country after an attack by Russia’s special forces on Ukrainian vessels near the Kerch Strait on November 26; Ukraine’s parliament may have its say at a special meeting on Monday. No urgent mobilization of Ukraine’s army is expected.

Twenty-three Ukrainians on board three boats captured by Russia, contact with them lost | UNIAN

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko says there were 23 Ukrainians on board the three boats captured by Russia near the Kerch Strait; contact with them has been lost. The incident happened on November 25.

Number of Ukrainian navy men wounded by Russians in Kerch Strait incident grows to six | UNIAN

The number of the Ukrainian navy sailors wounded by the Russian special forces in a Sunday incident in the Black Sea not far from the Kerch Strait has grown to six. Two of them are reportedly in serious condition.

Russia seizes three Ukrainian boats, two wounded; Poroshenko gathers Military Cabinet | UNIAN

Russia has seized three Ukrainian vessels amid their leaving the Kerch Strait; Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is gathering the Military Cabinet over the incident. The vessels have been captured by Russia’s special forces.

Russian coast guards fire on Ukraine’s armored artillery boats near Kerch Strait, one wounded (Video) | UNIAN

Russian coast guard ships opened fire on a group of vessels of the Ukrainian Navy as they were leaving the Kerch Strait, one person has been wounded. The small-sized Berdiansk armored artillery boat was damaged.

West slow with response to Russian aggression – Ukrainian MP | UNIAN

So far, Ukraine has heard only a few partner countries voice their official position regarding the Russian armed aggression against Ukraine near the Kerch Strait, Ukraine’s MP, coordinator of the Information Resistance OSINT group said Monday. Meanwhile, Ukraine should primarily rely on itself, the deputy wrote.

Russia seizes ships and crew and then accuses Ukraine of provocation? – Volker

Special Representative of the U.S. State Department for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has responded to Russia’s aggressive actions in the Kerch Strait against Ukrainian courts.

U.S. Congress condemns Russia’s illegal actions in Azov Sea – embassy

The unlawful actions of Russia in the Sea of Azov were condemned in the Congress of the United States of America, the press service of the Ukrainian Embassy to the U.S. has reported. “Russia’s blatant violation of international law in the Sea of Azov and their provocative attack against Ukraine’s sovereignty are totally unacceptable. Russia must immediately restore the freedom of navigation through the Kerch Strait to allow Ukrainian vessels to freely use Ukrainian ports,” a statement by Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus reads posted by Ukrainian diplomatic mission on Facebook. “We cannot ignore Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,” the congressman added.

European Parliament will discuss possible sanctions against Russia for aggression in Kerch Straight – MEP Harms

KYIV. Nov 26 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The European Parliament will discuss the possibility of imposing sanctions on Russia because of the aggression against Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait, European Parliament deputy Rebecca Harms has said.

Armed Forces of Ukraine put on full combat readiness – 26.11.2018 09:37 — Ukrinform News

According to the decision of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on declaring the state of martial law because of the Russian aggression in the Sea of Azov, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been placed on &ldquo;full combat readiness.&rdquo;

Poroshenko demands Russia free Ukrainian servicemen captured in Azov Sea – 26.11.2018 11:55 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has demanded that Russia immediately release captured Ukrainian sailors along with the ships and called for de-escalation of the situation in the Azov Sea and in other directions.

Ukraine to declare martial law just for strengthening defense – Poroshenko – 26.11.2018 09:43 — Ukrinform News

The introduction of martial law in Ukraine due to Russian aggression does not mean Ukraine’s refusal from a political and diplomatic way for the return of Ukrainian&nbsp;territories,&nbsp;but will be declared exclusively to strengthen the defense of the Ukrainian state.

Diaspora calls on the world to react resolutely to Russian military attack on Ukrainian navy – 26.11.2018 10:25 — Ukrinform News

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC)&nbsp;has condemned the deliberate Russian military attack on the Ukrainian navy and called for swift and resolute actions by the international community.

Ukraine’s Presidential Administration comments on Russian aggression in Sea of Azov – 25.11.2018 22:30 — Ukrinform News

Russia’s recent actions against Ukrainian Navy ships are an act of aggression aimed at deliberately escalating the situation in the waters of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the press service of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration has reported.

NSDC proposes president declare martial law for 60 days – 26.11.2018 01:35 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has proposed that President Petro Poroshenko declare martial law in the country for 60 days, NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has said.

Ukrainian president supports decision on introduction of martial law – 26.11.2018 01:09 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has supported the proposal of the War Cabinet to introduce martial law, submit it for consideration by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) and forward it to the Verkhovna Rada.

Ukraine initiates OSCE meeting due to Russian aggression in Azov Sea – 26.11.2018 00:14 — Ukrinform News

Ukraine has initiated a special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council due to Russian aggression against Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait, the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna has told an Ukrinform correspondent.

What martial law in Ukraine could mean for nation | KyivPost

During an emergency meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on Nov. 25, President Petro Poroshenko said he will ask the parliament to support a declaration of martial law in Ukraine. The parliament is set to have an emergency meeting at 4 p.m. on Nov. 26. The decision comes as a reaction to Russia’s attacks on three Ukrainian ships in the Azov Sea earlier on Nov. 25 and the Kremlin’s decision to stop all commercial shipping through the Kerch Strait that connects the Azov and Black seas. The severity and scope of martial law, which Poroshenko has avoided calling for since the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine in 2014, will be decided by Poroshenko and then must be supported by parliament. In 2015, the parliament passed a bill “On the Legal Regime of Martial Law.” According to it, the restrictions can include:

Russian Navy attacked Ukrainian Navy, Kerch Strait blocked by tanker Update – Maritime Bulletin

Update 1700 UTC: Russia blocked Kerch Strait with merchant marine tanker and thus, blocked the passage for three Ukrainian ships, including unarmed tug and two small river gun boats of GURZA-Class. Russia moved to Kerch Strait Navy and CG ships and boats, sent helicopters and fighter jets. After several hours of a standoff, Russia reportedly unblocked fairway, and according to latest news (not yet confirmed), Ukrainian ships transited the Strait and entered Azov sea. Shipping via Kerch Strait nevertheless, as of 1700 UTC, remains blocked, already creating huge queues of merchant ships both in Azov and in Black seas. According to Ukrainian Navy Command, Ukrainian ships are still waiting for Strait transit, surrounded by 8 Russian Navy ships, plus helicopters and jets. Russian military demands surrender, threatening to attack and seize Ukrainian ships with Spetsnaz team. Russian patrol ship DON said to sustain damages when ramming Ukrainian tug, and is taking on water. Information is very confused and changing constantly, with different sources saying different stories. Russian military Command said that the tanker which blocked Kerch Strait “ran aground” – a lie so obvious, that it can’t be commented, it’s just a shame. River gunboat GURZA-Class, Project 58150, displacement 38 ton, armament 30-mm gun, machine guns, grenade launcher.

UAWire – Ukraine prepares UN draft resolution on Russia’s militarization of the Azov and Black Seas

Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that Ukraine is working on a draft resolution on Russia’s militarization of the Black Sea and Azov Sea, UNIAN reports. According to the Foreign Ministry, the UN General Assembly is expected to consider it in December. “This issue won’t be considered in the committee but is expected to be reviewed within the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in December,” said Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Kateryna Zelenko. In December, the UN General Assembly should consider and approve two separate resolutions: on violations of human rights in the Crimea and the militarization of the Black and Azov seas. Earlier, the EU brought to Russia’s attention the need to stop the “excessive inspections” of ships in the Sea of Azov, which have directly led to the revenues of the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk to be decreased by more than a third. As the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, not a single treaty provision of the treaty on the joint use of the Sea of Azoм gives Russia the right to carry out discriminatory and lengthy inspections of vessels going to Ukrainian ports.

Russia captured Ukrainian naval vessels in Black Sea – Defence Blog

Russian special forces captured two small armored artillery boats and a tugboat of the Ukrainian Navy in Black Sea. Ukrainian Navy already officially confirmed that Russia captured two “Berdyansʹk” (U-175) and “Nikopolʹ” (P-176) Gurza-class small armored artillery boats and a raid tug A-947 “Jani Kapu”. During the storm of Ukrainian naval vessels, six sailors were injured. Hours earlier, a spokesman for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that the leader is convened an emergency meeting of the military’s top brass amid Russia tensions near Crimea. Also, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko: Kyiv “immediately appeals to the United Nations Security Council” regarding the Azov Sea incidents and blockade. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevicius stated that Russian actions undermine security of the whole region. “Strongly condemn Russia’s move to physically block Kerch Strait & ramming of Ukrainian boat. Cannot be qualified differently than an act of aggression & another blatant violation of an international maritime law. Such actions undermine security of the whole region,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevicius.

Six Ukrainian sailors wounded during shelling and capturing of ships by Russians, – Ukraine’s Navy – 112.international

Six Ukrainian sailors were wounded in the shelling and capturing of the Ukrainian Navy ships by the Russian Federation. The press service of the Navy of Ukraine reports it on Facebook “According to the latest information, the Berdyansk ship and Yany Kapu tug are being seized and towed. Another ship, Nikopol is blocked and moves, accompanied by invaders. Six Ukrainian soldiers were injured,” said in a statement. 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.

Two Ukrainian sailors wounded in Kerch Strait area in grave condition – 112.international

Two of the six Ukrainian sailors wounded by the Russians in the area of Kerch Strait are in critical condition. This was reported by the First Deputy Chairman of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko on Facebook. “Six sailors were injured and two of them are in a serious condition. This news breaks my heart. The Russian Federation is a country-murderer,” wrote Gerashchenko wrote. Iryna Gerashchenko reported that on November 26 in the morning, she and the Head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Hanna Hopko would fly to Berlin in connection with the situation in the Sea of Azov. “In the morning I fly to Berlin. Together with Anna Hopko, we will do everything in our power to mobilize our partners and get a tough reaction to the open and arrogant military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and the aggravation in Azov,” the deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada said.

Entire Ukrainian fleet scrambled on red alert, Ukraine calls urgent UNSC session – 112.international

All vessels of the Ukrainian Navy shipped out on the order from the HQ, because of the Russian Navy group attack in Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov. This is mentioned in the respective tweet of the HQ of the Ukrainian Navy. Besides, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, which earlier condemned the act of Russian military aggression, urged the UN Security Council to convene for an emergency session because of the situation. ‘Today’s dangerous events in the Sea of Azov show that a new front of Russian aggression is open. Ukraine urges the emergency session of the UN Security Council’, Maryana Betsa, the Ministry’s spokesperson posted on Twitter. 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.

U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick blamed Russia’s aggressive action in the Sea of Azov – U.S. Congressman urges Trump to hold Putin responsible for Russian aggression in Sea of Azov – 112.international

U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick blamed Russia’s aggressive action in the Sea of Azov

Russia should return seized Ukrainian vessels, release their crews, – Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry – 112.international

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine expresses “categorical protest” to the Russian Federation due to the armed attack and seizure of the Ukrainian military boats “Berdyansk”, ‘Nikopol” and tug boat “Yany Kapu” and the injury and capturing of the members of their crews as the press service of the Foreign Ministry reported. “The attack at the Ukrainian vessels, which carried out the sea transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port with the observance of the regulations of all acting multilateral and bilateral international treaties and rules of navigation, is another act of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine…Russia actually extended its military actions against Ukraine in the sea,” the message said.

Russia lifts restriction of civilian vessels movement across Kerch Strait – 112.international

The Russian Federation has lifted the restriction of movement of civilian vessels across Kerch Strait. The ships already cross it, TASS news agency reported with the reference to Aleksei Volkov, the Director General of Crimean Sea Ports enterprise. According to the official who represents the Crimean occupant authorities, the decision took effect movement at about 4 a.m. Monday. The restriction was imposed on Sunday evening due to the attack on Ukrainian vessels, as Russian naval group fired on Ukrainian Navy ships, ramming one of them and eventually capturing the vessels. Six Ukrainian sailors were wounded in the attack. As is known, 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 incident took place on November 25. The press office of the Ukrainian Navy reported this on Facebook.

Aircraft Spots on Twitter: “#USAF RC-135V 64-14841 JONAS21 operating over the #BlackSea.… “

Nikki Haley on Twitter: “An emergency Security Council meeting has been called for tomorrow at 11:00am… “

Security Council to meet over Russia-Ukraine clash – Israel National News

Ambassador Nikki Haley announces emergency meeting of UN Security Council following clash near Crimea.

Nolan Peterson on Twitter: “This is the most dangerous moment I’ve seen in Ukraine in years. Tonight, a war that many people in America can only imagine thanks to Hollywood movies, teeters on the razor thin edge of becoming real. Tonight in Ukraine we go to sleep not knowing what tomorrow will bring.”

Carl Bildt on Twitter: “Ukraine calls for meeting of the UN Security Council to address the Russian escalation. Clearly a threat to peace and stability.”

Oana Lungescu on Twitter: “#NATO is closely monitoring developments in the #AzovSea & #KerchStrait, & we are in contact with the #Ukrainian authorities. We call for restraint & de-escalation. Read my full statement:… https://t.co/a8zbDHIMak”

Russia reopens Kerch Strait to shipping after standoff with Ukraine | Reuters

Russia reopened the Kerch Strait near Crimea to shipping in the early hours of Monday morning after firing on and seizing three Ukrainian naval ships a day earlier, a move that triggered a dangerous new crisis between the two countries.

Russia reopens Kerch Strait after Ukrainian confrontation: report – POLITICO

Announcement came after Russia on Sunday opened fire on three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of annexed Crimea before closing the channel.

Russian special forces storm three Ukrainian Navy ships sailing through disputed waters off Crimea 

Russian coast guard vessels opened fire and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels on Sunday night as they sailed through disputed waters around Crimea, raising fears of a new regional crisis.

Russia seizes Ukrainian naval ships in major escalation of tensions – YouTube

Guardian News Published on Nov 25, 2018 The Ukrainian president has proposed imposing martial law after Russian forces shot at and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels in the Black Sea. Russia had already blocked passage through the Kerch Strait, a narrow body of water nestled between Crimea and the Russian mainland, after three Ukrainian navy ships made what the Russian coast guard called an unauthorised crossing through Russian territorial waters. The incident began on Sunday after the Ukrainian navy claimed a Russian coast guard vessel rammed a Ukrainian navy tugboat, which was travelling with two Ukrainian navy artillery boats from Odessa on the Black Sea to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov, via the Kerch Strait.

Ukraine says Russia opened fire on its naval vessels, seized them – CNN

The Ukrainian military said Sunday that Russian boats opened fire on and seized three of its ships near Crimea, escalating a standoff over the Kerch Strait, a key waterway that holds strategic importance for both countries.

Russia-Ukraine tensions rise after Kerch Strait ship capture – BBC News

Protesters burn a car belonging to the Russian embassy in Kiev as the government considers martial law.

Tension escalates after Russia seizes Ukraine naval ships – BBC News

Ukraine is set to declare martial law after saying six crew members were hurt in the naval incident.

Russia seizes Ukrainian gunboats and tug in Black Sea after claims Kremlin fired on ships | News | The Times

Russia rammed a Ukrainian tugboat on the Black Sea yesterday, sparking a day of tensions that escalated into violence as years of enmity between the former Soviet states spilled into open hostility.Ukraine said a Russian border-patrol boat had attacked the tug as it and two gunboats attempted to ent

Russia Fires on Ukrainian Military Vessel Near Crimea – WSJ

Russian coast guard forces fired on a Ukrainian military ship, injuring at least one crew member, amid a rare standoff between Russia and Ukraine.

Russia flexes muscles in unprecedented Black Sea clashes with Ukraine – International news – Jerusalem Post

The Russian strategy in the Black Sea and in Syria is to show it sticks by its word and national interests and will use military power if necessary.

Russia fires on Ukrainan vessels, wounding 2 and rising tensions – CBS News

Ukrainian navy said two of its gunboats were struck and Russian crews boarded and seized them and an accompanying tugboat

Russian warships fire on Ukrainian Navy boats in the Black Sea – Mirror Online

Russian special forces has captured three Ukrainian Navy ships in the Black Sea and blocked a bridge near Crimea at the Kerch Strait

Russian military fires on Ukrainian vessels in Black Sea, Ukraine says | Fox News

Russia’s military opened fire on three Ukrainian vessels — seizing two naval artillery boats — in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula Sunday, Ukraine’s military said, escalating tensions in the disputed region.

Russia Fires Upon And Reportedly Captures Multiple Ukrainian Ships Off Coast Of Crimea

Russia has allegedly fired upon — and reportedly captured — ships belonging to the Ukrainian navy, the BBC reports. According to reports being issued forth from the Ukrainian navy, Russian naval vessels have seized two Ukrainian gunboats in addition to a tugboat in the aftermath of a chase. Russian

Ukraine says Russia seized its ships near annexed Crimea after firing on them

Russia did not immediately or directly respond to the allegation, but Russian news agencies cited the FSB security service as saying it had incontrovertible proof that Ukraine had orchestrated what it called “a provocation” and would make its evidence public soon. Russia annexed Crimea in

Martial Law Seen No Obstacle to IMF Aid for Kiev: Ukraine Update – Bloomberg

Russia fired on Ukrainian warships Sunday, wounding several sailors and sparking the dramatic renewal of tensions between the ex-Soviet neighbors near the peninsula of Crimea, which President Vladimir Putin annexed four years ago.

Ukraine Considering Martial Law After Russia Opens Fire On Black Sea Ships

Ukrainian lawmakers will hold an extraordinary session for November 26 to consider a military council recommendation to introduce martial law after Russian forces opened fire on a group of Ukrainia…

Protest At Russian Embassy In Kyiv After Ukrainian Ships Seized

Angry protesters fired flares and lit a car on fire outside the Russian embassy in Kyiv after three Ukrainian vessels were seized by Russia.

Russia has attacked Ukrainian navy ships but what will the response be? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Russia has fired on Ukranian navy ships and seized three vessels in a contentious and crucial part of the Black Sea and both sides will be considering their next steps carefully, writes chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams.

 

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