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Ukraine Ad Hoc Media Update (43) – Kerch Strait Attack / Martial Law


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

I can’t help but think this might be a deception operation.

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Verkhovna Rada now deliberating on Pres Poroshenko’s Decree No.390 / 2018 to introduce limited martial law for 30 days. Objections from three previous presidents, Tymoshenko and Lyashko, the latter blocking proceedings.

A great many statements by national leaders and key politicians condemning the Russian attack.

Possibly the most interesting report is the recording and transcript in English of the SIGINT capture of radio comms between the Russian ships and Moscow, that includes references to RF PM Medvedev.

Also a selection of Russian reports – they continue to gloat. And some Russian sympathisers.

It is likely that Russia will pay for this media spectacle with more sanctions and more political damage, including in the UN, that is also currently meeting on this subject. Expensive indulgence.


Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “338 MPs have registered. The extraordinary session of the Rada has began.”

Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “Parubiy: I fully support the decision of @NSDC_ua to introduce martial law. Yesterday’s attacks were acts of aggression against #Ukraine.”

Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “Poroshenko live now: we have serious grounds to believe Russia is ready to follow with the ground attack. I have evidence collected by our intelligence. This time Russia is not hiding, blatantly attacking Ukraine.… https://t.co/1MnTblmM4v”

Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “Poroshenko: I will ask Parliament to introduce martial law for 30 days, although @NSDC_ua recommended 60 days. It will be over in the mid-December. It will not influence the elections. Elections will take place on March, 31 as it is foreseen in the Constitution.”

Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “Poroshenko: there will be no mobilization. No restriction of the freedoms, no censorship. we will continue to follow our international obligations, Minsk agreement included.”

Top news – Statement of Verkhovna Rada Chairman A.Parubiy regarding special sitting of Parliament – Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat ) “Today, ships of the Ukrainian Naval Forces were treacherously attacked by Russian navy men. Such actions of the Russian aggressor do constitute an overt violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The entire world has seen evidence of the Russian military aggression, which nobody can disprove from now on. After all, the whole world saw a video of Russian warships attacking the Ukrainian vessels. The Russian aggression against Ukraine has continued for some five years. The Crimea and part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have been occupied. It is nearly every day that our military positions are shelled or machine-gunned by Russian terrorists in the Donbas. It is obvious, the front of the Russian aggression has expanded and now it reaches the Black and Azov Seas. In pursuance of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and the address of the President of Ukraine, I convene an extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Monday, November 26, 2018 – at 16:00 pm”.

Three former Presidents of Ukraine address Parliament over martial law – 112.international

Taking into account the numerous appeals of Ukrainian citizens, we express our opinion on the introduction of a martial law in Ukraine. Today, Ukraine is facing a hard choice. Soon, the Verkhovna Rada will have to decide on the introduction of a martial law, which in any case will become fateful The cynical, open attack of Russia on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait, the capture of ships and the military is an outright act of armed aggression of the state, which has already occupied 13% of our territory. However, will the introduction of a martial law by Ukraine be the best response to this challenge? Otherwise, could it be that the Kremlin arranged such a defiant provocation exactly to make us introduce the Emergency Regime on the banks of the Dnieper River? Martial law is, first and foremost a radical restriction of the rights of Ukrainian citizens, including the total prohibition of strikes, mass gatherings and rallies, the right to bans political parties and public organizations. There is another unparalleled risk associated with the martial law – it is a legal chaos in the state. Each agreement between business entities contains a paragraph about non-fulfillment of the contract terms in connection with the force majeure circumstances, one of which is a martial law. Blocking payments for goods and services will lead to paralysis of business, current investment projects will be frozen, potential revenues canceled and the outflow of capital from banks will lead to uncontrolled inflation. It is hard to imagine what the hryvnia exchange rate will become. Are these risks justified? Will this decision to introduce a martial law really help Ukraine in confronting an aggressor? During almost 5 years of the war with Russia, there were many moments when the introduction of a martial law seemed not only appropriate, but also the only possible solution. Annexation of Crimea, the battle at Donetsk airport – 100 of the dead and 440 of wounded, Debaltseve battle – 136 dead, 131 wounded, Ilovaisk battle – 366 dead, 429 wounded and 300 missing. However, thousands of victims and the threat of full-scale enemy intervention then was not enough to introduce the martial law. And one of the main arguments against such a decision was the inevitability of catastrophic social and economic, demographic and political consequences. Apparently, today other arguments appeared and, most likely, they are of a political nature. It is election. A large part of society believes that in this way democracy could be limited. These suspicions are extremely dangerous, they can lead to a social conflict, the enemy will certainly use so they have to be pacified. If the deputies decide that there are no alternatives to the martial law, they must amend the Law of Ukraine on legal regime of martial law, removing the norm on abolishing elections and excessive restriction of human rights and freedoms. We believe that for the time of martial law and with the changes to the said law, MPs must adopt the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada on the appointment of presidential elections for March 31, 2019, as provided by the Constitution. The Ukrainian parliament often had to make fateful decisions. Now comes the moment when the future of a forty-million state depends on the wisdom of each people’s deputy. The truth is on Ukraine’s side, and so we will definitely win. Respectfully Kravchuk, Kuchma, Yushchenko.

Poroshenko left the Rada without speaking

By blocking the parliamentary podium, Petro Poroshenko canceled his speech and left the Verkhovna Rada. Interviewees from the BPP faction informed “Ukrainska Pravda” about it.”Petro Poroshenko was in the Council. He waited an hour to speak out of the Council’s rostrum, but since Lyashko and Tymoshenko had blocked work, he went away and wrote an appeal to Facebook,” explained the interlocutor of the party. Vice-Speaker Oksana Siroyd noted that ordinary MPs were not able to hold consultations with the head of state.”The president was in the office of Parubia, there were Gerashchenko, Parubius, Burbak, maybe somebody else, no one was allowed to go there, and he simply took and left, ordinary MPs could not talk to Peter A.”, she said. As it was reported, on November 26, the Verkhovna Rada had to consider the bill, which was planned to approve the decree of President Petro Poroshenko, which he unveiled on Monday, on the introduction of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on the introduction of martial law. According to the documents, it was proposed that the military state be introduced throughout Ukraine from 14.00 on November 26 for 60 days. After the meeting of the factions it became clear that the introduction of martial law is supported by most of the factions of the BPP and “Self-help”, “Opposition bloc” is strongly opposed, other factions require changes. The factions of the Radical Party Lyashko and “Batkivshchyna” blocked the parliamentary rostrum, demanding consultations with the head of state. Later, Poroshenko went live on the broadcast, which was broadcast on his Facebook, which stated that he is proposing to the Council to enter the military situation in Ukraine for a period of 30 days, not 60 days.

DECREE OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE No.390 / 2018

On the decision of the Council of National Security and Defense of Ukraine dated November 26, 2018 “On Emergency Measures to Ensure State Sovereignty and Independence of Ukraine and the Introduction of the Military Status in Ukraine” According to Article 107 of the Constitution of Ukraine, I resolve:

  1. To bring into force the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine of November 26, 2018, “Concerning emergency measures to ensure the state’s sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and the introduction of a martial law in Ukraine” (enclosed, secretly, without paragraph 12 – non-confidential).
  2. The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine shall supervise the implementation of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, introduced by this Decree.3. This Decree comes into force on the day it is published.

President of Ukraine P. POROSHENKO 

November 26, 2018

Poroshenko signs decree on martial law in Ukraine – 26.11.2018 15:45 — Ukrinform News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed decree No. 390/2018, which enacts the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on the introduction of martial law in Ukraine, according to the website of the head of state. By his decree, the president decided to put into effect the NSDC decision of November 26, 2018 “Regarding extraordinary measures on ensuring the state sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and the introduction of martial law in Ukraine.” “To propose that the President of Ukraine declare martial law in Ukraine for a period of 60 days from 14.00 on November 26, 2018 to 14.00 on January 25, 2019,” reads the NSDC decision. On November 25, Russian ships opened fire on three Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait and then seized them. According to the latest data, six Ukrainian servicemen were wounded in the attack. In this regard, Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council proposed that President Poroshenko declare martial law for 60 days. Poroshenko supported the introduction of martial law due to the Russian attack on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait and asked the Verkhovna Rada to approve a respective decision.

Poroshenko puts in force NSDC decision on introduction of martial law in Ukraine – 112.international

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed an order on the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to introduce a martial law in Ukraine, reads to the order of the President published on the website of the Presidential Administration. ‘From November 26, 2018, to enter into force the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on emergency measures to ensure the state sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and the introduction of martial law in Ukraine,’ reads the order. The decision of the NSDC says that the President was offered to introduce a martial law from 2 p.m. on November 26, 2018 until 2 p.m. on January 25, 2019. It is noted that the martial law is being introduced for opposing the armed aggression and provision of the national security and lifting threats of the state independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The decision of the NSDC introduced by the President is also providing a number of necessary actions for governmental organizations and agencies: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is commissioned to appeal the countries, which have signed the Memorandum on security assurances in connection with the accession of Ukraine to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of December 5, 1994, with a proposition to immediately organize consultations on the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine; To immediately initiate the convening of the UN Security Council and Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. To organize consultations for the President of Ukraine and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine with the leaders of the ally and partner governments, the European Union, the leadership of the UN, OSCE and other international organizations. The Ministry is also commissioned to create an information campaign for the leadership of governments about Russian aggression. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to urgently define the mobilization plan of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in particular, the volumes of conscripts kept in reserve. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is commissioned to provide the President with suggestions on the introduction into force the documents on the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations. To organize the air defense of Ukraine in order to cover important state facilities, industrial areas, administrative centers of the state and the groups of troops (forces) from air strikes. To submit for consideration of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine proposals on the involvement of other military formations and law enforcement agencies in the implementation of measures of the legal regime of the martial law.

President addressed the Verkhovna Rada with a proposal to introduce martial law in Ukraine — Official website of the President of Ukraine

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine under the chairmanship of President Petro Poroshenko approved the decision to offer the President of Ukraine the introduction of 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. “We had a thorough discussion of the Military Cabinet. The Military Cabinet urged me to submit one proposal to the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council – to prepare a decision on the introduction of martial law and appeal to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine so that it reviews the draft decision at its extraordinary meeting as soon as possible. Relevant consultations with the Verkhovna Rada Chairman have already been held,” the President said. The Head of State noted: “I want to emphasize separately that we have all irrefutable evidence that this aggression, this attack on the Ukrainian Navy’s warships was not a mistake, not an accident, but a deliberate action. Including the use of weapons against Ukrainian sailors. The use of weapons had severe consequences, six sailors, according to the preliminary information, were wounded – some of them injured, some of the wounded. Two sailors are severely wounded”. The President stressed that Ukrainian sailors are deprived of an opportunity to come on the radio and establish contact with their command, their destiny is unknown. He noted: “Unfortunately, after qualifying the actions of the Russian Federation, the units of the Black Sea Fleet, the units of the FSB border service as aggression, we do not exclude other operations, including ground-based, against sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine”. “Therefore, as President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, in accordance with the Constitution, I make a decision to support the proposal of the Military Cabinet. To submit the respective decision to the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council and address it to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized. “I would like to appeal to the people’s deputies to arrive tomorrow in Kyiv for an extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada in order to hold a closed discussion of the draft decision and make a responsible decision for the defense of the state,” the Head of State said. He added: “I appeal to the people’s deputies to be responsible and gather for an extraordinary session. Believe me, today there is every reason to react in such a manner… And I hope, the Verkhovna Rada will make a responsible decision without a delay tomorrow”. The President also stressed that the introduction of martial law in no way means that Ukraine will carry out any offensive actions. “Ukraine will carry out its actions exclusively for defense of its territory, protection and safety of its citizens,” he emphasized. “Also, this does not mean changes in the situation on the collision line in some districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and in other areas. But we must be ready to prevent a scenario that the Russian Federation has been practicing in other states,” he said. The President of Ukraine appealed to the leadership of the Russian Federation demanding the immediate release of Ukrainian servicemen who were brutally detained in violation of international law and whose fate is unknown. The President also noted that Ukraine requires to hand them over to the Ukrainian side together with the ships urgently. He called for the de-escalation of the situation both in the Sea of Azov and in other directions. The Head of State expects a quick reaction to this appeal.

Katya Gorchinskaya on Twitter: “Security and defense committee unanimously recommends the Ukrainian parliament to support martial law proposed by the president, starting today, until Jan. 25”

 

Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council instructs General Staff to immediately organize air defense

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) has made a decision to instruct the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to immediately organize air defense of the country in order to protect important objects and military personnel from air strikes. A respective order to the General Staff is included in the NSDC’s decision of November 26, 2018 “On Extraordinary Measures to Secure the State Sovereignty and Independence of Ukraine and Declaring Martial Law in Ukraine,” which has been enacted by a decree issued by President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. “Organize air defense of Ukraine to protect important government objects, administrative centers of the nation, and troop (forces) formations from air strikes,” the NSDC’s decision says. The decree comes into effect concurrently with the law that approves it.

NSDC suggests President declare martial law in Ukraine from 2 p.m. on Nov 26, 2018 to 2 p.m. on Jan 25, 2019 (60 days)

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine in its decision of November 25 suggested that the President of Ukraine declare martial law in the country for a period of 60 days starting from 2 p.m. on Nov 26, 2018 and ending at 2 p.m. on Jan 25, 2019.

Turchynov: If introduced, martial law could be lifted at any moment if situation normalizes | UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has said martial law, if introduced by the Verkhovna Rada, could be lifted at any time if the situation normalizes. As for the legal consequences, the Constitution and legislation of Ukraine unequivocally give an answer to a question whether martial law suspends elections.

Martial law not to affect banking system, Ukraine’s central bank assures | UNIAN

Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, Yakiv Smolii, has assured Ukrainians that the introduction of martial law will not affect the operation of the country’s banking system. Bank branches and offices will operate as usual.

Martial law does not mean automatic cancellation of elections in Ukraine – Gerashchenko | UNIAN

Ukraine’s representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) for the Donbas settlement and First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko has said martial law does not mean an automatic cancellation of elections in Ukraine. Poroshenko is not afraid of Putin, not afraid of elections, as well as opponents, the deputy said.

Ukraine Declares Martial Law As Russia Refuses To Release Captured Ships – To Inform is to Influence

The decree has been posted on President Poroschenko’s page. https://www.president.gov.ua </end editorial> by Tyler Durden Mon, 11/26/2018 – 09:05 Seemingly out of nowhere, a diplomatic crisis has erupted between Ukraine and Russia after Russia detained three Ukrainian ships which it said had been “maneuvering dangerously” near the Kerch Strait – a crucial choke point controlled by Russia which separates the Sea…

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.

UAWire – Ukraine asks US for support after Russian attack on Ukrainian Navy boats

Ukraine has asked the US for support after an attack by Russia on vessels belonging to the Ukrainian Navy, said the Ukrainian Ambassador to Washington, Valeriy Chaly. “The wrongful use of force by Russia against the ships and personnel of the Ukrainian Navy constitutes provocation, which will bring Russian aggression against Ukraine to a new level,” the diplomat wrote on Facebook. The ambassador emphasized that the encounter could result in a full-scale conflict in the Black Sea, and threatens the security of all the countries in the region. “We immediately contacted our American partners, urging them to support Ukraine decisively, and to send a clear signal from the US to the aggressor. We were assured that [they are paying] close attention to the situation’s development, and are preparing a response in order to prevent further escalation. We are counting on the support of our strategic partner,” Chaly noted. On November 25, Ukraine informed the Russian ports of its intention to transfer three ships through the Kerch Strait, in keeping with the treaty on the joint use of the Sea of Azov and the strait. Despite this, at roughly 8 in the morning, Russian ships provoked the Ukrainian vessels, even ramming into the tugboat Yany Kapu. Russia later accused the Ukrainian boats of illegally entering its territorial waters, claiming that they were “maneuvering dangerously” and “not complying with the legal requirements of the Russian authorities”. Russia physically blocked off the Kerch strait with a transport ship. The Ukrainian ships decided to return to Odessa, but the Russian forces started following them, and then attacked. The “Berdyansk” boat was hit, and a crew member was wounded. According to the most recent information, all three boats were captured by the Russians.

President to the ATO and JFO veterans: Be ready — Official website of the President of Ukraine

During the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, which considered the decision to introduce martial law given the attack of Russian military on the Ukrainian Navy’s warships in the Kerch Strait, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Petro Poroshenko turned to the Ukrainian servicemen. According to the President, hundreds of reports are already being received on the readiness of the ATO veterans to counteract further possible aggressive actions of Russia. “I want to say separately that we have already received hundreds of calls from ATO participants, from our soldiers who are now in reserve that they are already packing clothes and ready to defend the state,” the President noted. Clarifying the decision on the introduction of martial law, the President emphasized: “The decision does not imply immediate mobilization. But the corresponding work with the reserve of the first turn will be carried out”. “I appeal to you, dear veterans, be ready. We must ensure in the shortest possible time all the necessary measures to stop the enemy and protect our state,” the Supreme Commander-in-Chief noted.

This is an act of aggression against our state and a very serious threat – President on the attack on the Ukrainian Navy’s warships — Official website of the President 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”.

Poroshenko and Stoltenberg agreed to urgently convene an emergency meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

President of Ukraine held a phone conversation with the President of the European Council — Official website of the President of Ukraine

The Head State informed of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in the waters of the Kerch Strait.

President had a phone conversation with the President of Poland — Official website of the President of Ukraine

The President of Ukraine informed of the brutal act of aggression against Ukraine in the waters of the Kerch Strait and the actions of Ukraine in response, including the introduction of the martial law regime. The President of Poland expressed support for Ukraine and its actions.

President held negotiations with the Chancellor of Germany — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. The President informed of the brutal act of aggression against Ukraine in the waters of the Kerch Strait and the actions of Ukraine in response, including the introduction of the regime of martial law.

Martial law does not mean the declaration of war, it is exclusively for the defense of Ukraine – President — Official website of the President of Ukraine

Martial law does not mean the declaration of war, it is exclusively for the defense of Ukraine – President

Poroshenko, Stoltenberg agree to convene emergency meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission – 26.11.2018 14:15 — Ukrinform News

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a telephone conversation on Monday agreed to urgently convene an emergency meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission.

Poltorak meets with head of NATO Representation to Ukraine to discuss situation in Sea of Azov – 26.11.2018 13:59 — Ukrinform News

Head of the NATO Representation and Director of the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine Alexander Vinnikov and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak held a meeting at the Defense Ministry to discuss the situation regarding the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov.

Poroshenko urges EU to increase sanctions against Russia – 26.11.2018 14:25 — Ukrinform News

President Petro Poroshenko has called for the European Union to impose more sanctions on the Russian Federation over the situation in the Sea of Azov.

Ukraine not to attack, but to defend its territory, – General Staff – 112.international

The Ukrainian side does not have any intentions to attack, the military forces are ready to implement tasks on defence, as Rodion Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of Armed Forces General Staff said, Interfax-Ukraine reported. “We do not intend to attack. The military units are ready to implement tasks to defend the state,” he said at the briefing on Monday, November 26, in Kyiv.

UN Security Council discuss Russian aggression against Ukraine in Azov Sea, – LIVE – 112.international

UN Security Council holds emergency meeting regarding Russia’s aggressive acts against Ukraine

OSCE Permanent Council to hold urgent session due to Russia’s attack in Sea of Azov – To Inform is to Influence

The session is slated for 5 p.m. Monday, – Ukraine’s mission to the UN and OSCE 14:52, 26 November 2018 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…

Ukraine preparing statement to ECHR over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian navymen | UNIAN

Deputy Minister of Justice and Ukraine’s Commissioner for ECHR Affairs Ivan Lishchyna has said Ukraine is preparing a statement to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the protection of rights of Ukrainian Navy crewmen captured by the Russian Federation. Ukraine seeks to protect rights of captured crew.

Full support of Ukraine: World reacts to Russia’s attack near Kerch Strait | UNIAN

Countries across the world and various politicians have reacted to Russia’s attack on Ukrainian vessels in the Sea of Azov and called on Russia to stop violating international law. NATO has called for “restraint and de-escalation.”

Poroshenko: “Decision to introduce martial law does not imply immediate mobilization”

Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko appealed to the Ukrainian servicemen during the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, which gathered to address the introduction of martial law given the attack of Russian military on the Ukrainian Navy’s warships in the Kerch Strait. As reported by Censor.NET citing the presidential press office, Poroshenko says hundreds of reports are already being received on the readiness of the ATO veterans to counteract further possible aggressive actions of Russia. “I want to say separately that we have already received hundreds of calls from ATO participants, from our soldiers who are now in reserve that they are already packing clothes and ready to defend the state,” the president noted. Clarifying the decision on the introduction of martial law, the head of state emphasized: “The decision does not imply immediate mobilization. But the corresponding work with the reserve of the first turn will be carried out”. “I appeal to you, dear veterans, be ready. We must ensure in the shortest possible time all the necessary measures to stop the enemy and protect our state,” he noted. Source:https://en.censor.net.ua/n3098870

Ukraine Considers Martial Law After Russia Seizes Its Ships Near Crimea : NPR

The countries are trading blame over a maritime dispute in which Russia fired on Ukrainian vessels, injuring some sailors. The incident has sparked Ukrainian protests and an international backlash.

Russia: Ukraine’s proposal of martial law adds instability to standoff

Ukraine is considering whether to bring in a period of martial law after the Russian military opened fire on three of its ships over the weekend, wounding several sailors.

Ukraine demands that Russia free sailors captured in Black Sea | News | The Times

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has demanded that Moscow release 23 sailors captured yesterday by Russia after its warships opened fire on Ukrainian navy vessels in the Black Sea.Before a meeting between Nato and Ukraine and a United Nations Security Council emergency session to discuss th

Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia are prisoners of war – Klimkin

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said that Ukrainian military sailors captured in the Sea of Azov are prisoners of war. “I’d like to emphasize that, in accordance with international law, the status of captured crews must be considered in accordance with the Geneva Convention of 1949. Thus, our sailors are prisoners of war,” he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

Moskalkova reports to Denisova that three Ukrainian seamen placed in Kerch hospital

Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova has said that according to the information provided by Russian Ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova, three Ukrainian sailors captured in the Sea of Azov are placed in the Kerch hospital (Crimea) in serious condition.

Three wounded Ukrainian sailors operated on in Kerch – intelligence – 26.11.2018 15:21 — Ukrinform News

According to intelligence, the condition of Ukrainian Navy servicemen wounded during an attack on Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait on November 25 is satisfactory, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has reported, with reference to the main military-medical board of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Several Ukrainian seamen injured in Kerch Strait incident taken to Moscow, – Ukraine president’s envoy

Several Ukrainian sailors who received injuries as Russian Navy vessels fired upon the Ukrainian warships in the Kerch Strait had been taken to Moscow. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s permanent representative in Crimea, Borys Babin told 112 Ukraine TV channel, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine. “We know that several wounded seamen have been transported to Moscow,” Babin said adding that Russia reported three sailors being wounded while Ukraine knows about six. He said there is information that three Ukrainian seamen with shrapnel injuries had undergone surgery. Source: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3098906

Information Policy Ministry urges to use official sources of information amid Russia’s aggression – 26.11.2018 15:30 — Ukrinform News

The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine urges to use official sources of information in the conditions of Russia’s aggression.

Engel Statement on Russian Aggression in the Azov Sea – Press Releases – House Foreign Affairs Committee – Democrats

WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today released the following statement regarding recent developments in the Azov Sea: “Russia’s egregious effort to blockade access through the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and Azov Sea, including by attacking Ukrainian vessels, is another example of the Kremlin’s unrelenting effort to undermine Ukraine. Russia has no legitimate territorial claims in this case, yet has again relied on force to trample its neighbors’ sovereignty and flout international law. Russia continues to isolate itself and set the stage for further unnecessary loss of Ukrainian and Russian life. The United States and governments around the world must hold Russia accountable for these illegal and dangerous actions and bolster our political and defensive military support for Ukraine.” # # #

Jeremy Hunt on Twitter: “The UK utterly condemns Russia’s use of force against Ukrainian vessels entering the Sea of Azov. Once again, we see Russian CONTEMPT for international norms and Ukrainian sovereignty. Russia must release detained Ukrainian sailors and guarantee free passage through Kerch Straits”

 

Tusk assures Poroshenko that he will do everything possible to consolidate EU’s position in support of Ukraine – 26.11.2018 14:55 — Ukrinform News

President of the European Council Donald Tusk has assured President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a phone conversation that he will do everything possible to consolidate the position of the EU countries in support of Ukraine.

Poland, Estonia, Denmark and Romania condemn Russia’s actions in Kerch Strait

The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Estonia, Denmark and Romania have condemned Russia’s aggressive actions in the Kerch Strait against the Ukrainian ships.

The Netherlands fully supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity – Minister Blok – 26.11.2018 16:27 — Ukrinform News

The Netherlands fully supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and considers Russia&rsquo;s blockage of access to the Sea of Azov unacceptable.

Volker comments on Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships | UNIAN

United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has commented on Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships. Russia has captured ships and crew, and then accused Ukraine of provocation.

Patriarch Filaret urges Ukrainians to unite, repel Russian “fratricide” | UNIAN

Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret has called on the Ukrainian people for unity in the face of Russian aggression. Filaret has called on politicians to set aside any controversies and unite. Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret has called on the Ukrainian people for unity in the face of Russian aggression. “On November 25, the Russian Federation committed an open act of aggression against Ukraine, which is no longer hidden,” he wrote on Facebook. “The Ukrainian people can only give one response to the attack – to bravely confront the enemy, standing up for the defense of their native land, for the defense of their statehood and freedom,” he said. “I urge politicians to set aside any controversies and unite. After all, if the enemy destroys our statehood, what posts will you worry about, where will you rule? I urge all Ukrainian society to unite since without victory there will be neither real peace, nor prosperity, nor a happy future for any of us,” the patriarch said. “I again turn my voice to the those committing fratricides, the new Cains, who, calling our people their brothers, came to our house to shed blood and enslave us. Come to your senses and stop doing evil! Sheathe your sword and go back home!” Filaret said.

NATO may deploy warships amid martial law in Ukraine – journalist | UNIAN

Chief editor of the Ukrainian news outlet Obozrevatel, Orest Sokhar, has said the main reason for the introduction of martial law in Ukraine may be to enable NATO to intervene in the conflict, thus the events in the Kerch Strait will have a completely different geopolitical significance. According to Sokhar, the Russians have long and carefully prepared for the Kerch Strait incident. Chief editor of the Ukrainian news outlet Obozrevatel, Orest Sokhar, has said the main reason for the introduction of martial law in Ukraine may be to enable NATO to intervene in the conflict, thus the events in the Kerch Strait will have a completely different geopolitical significance. “My sources claim this special regime is needed to improve the status of relations with the North Atlantic Alliance: something extraodrinary must happen for NATO to deploy its ships into the Black Sea. The introduction of martial law indicates this very importance,” he wrote on Facebook. According to him, the Russians have long and carefully prepared for the incident. “Since the time of annexation, this is the second pass of our naval forces from Odesa to Mariupol, where the construction of a naval base is underway. And each time, according to Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Gen. Viktor Muzhenko and Ukraine Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, the Ukrainian side informed [Russia] about the passage in accordance with the requirements of international law,” Sokhar said. At the same time, he recalled that Russians have been actively amassing heavy weapons near the contact line over the last two months, as well as reinforced military personnel in Crimea. During the last week, Russian TV channels were actively talking about the “greatness of the Russian fleet.” In his opinion, the aggressor’s behavior can be interpreted in different ways, but the Russians were preparing for this operation, which may have a multifaceted purpose: from simple diversion of attention from the events in Donbas to a new round of aggression.

U.S. surveillance flight in Black Sea area in full compliance of intl norms – Ukrainian air force

Ukraine’s Air Force has confirmed information about the flight of a U.S. unmanned aerial surveillance vehicle in the area of the Black Sea.

Barbara Starr on Twitter: “US officials:military flying reconnaissance flights over #BlackSea near Crimea to gather intelligence on escalating tensions btw #Ukraine and #Russia. Both Navy and Air Force can use airborne reconnaissance to gather imagery and eavesdrop on communications. #KerchStrait #Crimea”

 

Russia Seizes Ukrainian Ships In Naval Clash

Russia seized two Ukrainian warships after a clash in the Black Sea, prompting an angry response in Kyiv and concern that tension between Moscow and Kyiv would escalate further.

Генеральний штаб ЗСУ on Twitter: “Radio communication between the Russian leadership and border guard ships: https://t.co/duGtZus3DS via @YouTube”

Radio communication between the Russian leadership and border guard ships – YouTube

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Published on Nov 26, 2018 Radio interception, as an evidence of purposeful aggressive escalation of the situation (in the Black and Azov seas) which was ordered by millitary and military-political leadership of the Russian Federation.

Russia’s ruble drops against background of Russian aggression in Kerch Strait | UNIAN

At the opening of trade on the Moscow Stock Exchange on Monday, September 10, the ruble exchange rate dropped against the dollar and the euro against the background of Russia’s aggression in the Kerch Strait. By the end of the first hour of trading, the euro rate on the Moscow Stock Exchange grew by over 60 kopecks, reaching a peak of RUB 75.65.

Russia threatens Ukraine to “react firmly” to attacks at its sovereignty – 112.international

Russian Foreign Ministry expressed a “strong protest” against the Ukrainian colleagues and threatened to “firmly stop” Ukraine’s actions in Azov Sea, as the Russian Foreign Ministry reported. “We would like to warn the Ukrainian side that the actions aimed to provoke the conflict with Russia, which is conducted by Kyiv along with the U.S. and EU in Azov and Black seas waters might lead to serious consequences. Russian Federation will firmly stop any attacks at its sovereignty and security,” the message says. Russian diplomats have accused Ukraine’s Navy of a “severe violation of the regulations of an innocent passage in Russian territorial sea”. Besides, the representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry called the possible introduction of the martial law in Ukraine “odious”. In addition, Ukraine was urged to provide security of Russia’s diplomatic institutions. As it was reported, Viktor Muzhenko, the Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, told the entire course of events which lead to the escalation of the crisis in the Sea of Azov at the National Security and Defence Council session 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. ‘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.

Putin does not plan negotiations with Poroshenko on situation in Kerch Strait, – Kremlin – 112.international

The negotiations of the president of Russia and Ukraine on the situation in Kerch Strait are not planned yet. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson of Putin made such statement as TASS reported. “I am not aware,” he said, answering the question whether some bilateral contacts on this issue are planned. At the same time, Kremlin representative claimed that the presidents of Russia and Ukraine have not discussed the incident yet. “If you mean the negotiations of two presidents, then, no, they did not take place,” he said. 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. Kyiv demands from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors are wounded and two of them are in the critical condition.

Ukraine’s Chargé d’affaires in Russia to be called to Russian Foreign Ministry,- Zakharova – 112.international

The Russian Federation called the actions of the Ukrainian side in the area of Kerch Strait provocative and called the Chargé d’affaires of Ukraine to the Russian Foreign Ministry as Interfax reported citing spokeswoman of Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. “Today, the Chargé d’affaires of Ukraine in the Russian Federation will be called to the Foreign Ministry of Russia,” Zakharova is cited. Related: IMF has no legal bans on cooperation with Ukraine in martial law conditions According to her, “the reason for this call is the aggressive and provocative actions of the Ukrainian side”. She called the conduct of Ukraine “not just non-observance of the legal rules but planned provocation and aggressive actions.” “As we understand, this provocation and the whole complex of the provocative actions were prepared in advance.”

Russia says 24 detained Ukrainian sailors to be brought to justice – 112.international

Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova named the exact number of the detained Ukrainian servicemen – 24, as the Russian Interfax cites the Ombudsman. “Three sailors are in the first Kerch hospital, the doctors do not diagnose serious condition, but, of course, injuries are injuries and it is very important that they receive qualified help and they do,” she said. According to her, everything that happened was related to human rights. “As it could lead to more serious conditions, than the events we have faced. Three people who sustained injuries as a result of this provocation, this certainly causes worry and condolences to the relatives,” she thinks. Moskalkova added that “procedural actions connected with the establishment of the facts of the events. If a military vessel enters the waters, certainly, this is a violation of the borders, this is a socially dangerous act, which demands a special qualification and procedure,” Moskalkova noted.

Putin was informed about Ukrainian ships when they appeared in neutral waters near Crimea – Peskov

Russian President Vladimir Putin began receiving information about the Ukrainian vessels near the Kerch Strait as soon as they appeared in neutral waters not far from Crimea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Capture of Ukrainian crew: Russia says Ukrainians “resisted” | UNIAN

Russia’s security forces in the occupied Crimea say the crewmen of 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 near the Kerch Strait as they were returning to Odesa were resisting their capture. Now, the wounded crew are allegedly undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Kerch.

How Russia captured three Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea — Meduza

On November 25, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) border guards fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait area. Kyiv says at least of its six sailors were injured in the gunfire. The seized ships were brought to Kerch, where the wounded men received medical attention. The FSB says the ships violated Russia’s international border.

Russian media name wounded Ukrainian sailors – 26.11.2018 14:36 — Ukrinform News

Russian media have named wounded Ukrainian military sailors whom Russia captured during an act of aggression in the Sea of Azov, according to the Ukrainian Military Portal.

Forget Brexit, war in Ukraine is the biggest threat to Europe | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian

Eastern Europe is a tinderbox, writes Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins

 

 

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