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Putin avoids dialogue with Ukraine, he can't justify capture of Ukrainian sailors, - Poroshenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian leader is sure that Putin did not even expect Ukraine to be able to collect the evidence of the Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait so fast
08:03, 17 December 2018

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Russian leader Vladimir Putin avoids talking to his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, specifically about the release of the Ukrainian sailors detained in the Kerch Strait. This is due to the fact that the truth lies with Ukaine, and the Russian side has nothing to respond, and there's no way to justify its actions. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that as quoted by his press service.

'When I dialled him during the act of aggression [in Kerch Strait] so as to talk to him, he refused - and not because, as he put it, of the electoral process in Ukraine. He refused to speak because he has nothing to say. The entire truth, including the evidence of the aggression, lies with Ukraine', Poroshenko said.

The Ukrainian leader is sure that Putin did not even expect Ukraine to be able to collect the evidence of the Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait so fast

On November 25, 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. 

Related: Russian forces captured three Ukrainian ships, two sailors wounded

‘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. 

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