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Foreign Minister hopes Hungary will support assistance of EU, NATO to Ukraine

The Head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs counts on the support of the Hungarian colleagues in connection with the attack of Russia on the Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait
14:20, 1 December 2018
MFA of Ukraine

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin expressed hope that Hungary will actively support the assistance from the EU and NATO to Ukraine in connection with Russia’s attack on the Ukranian military ships in the Kerch Strait. The Minister reported this on Facebook. 

‘We come up with some groundwork to our meeting with the Hungarian colleague, which is to take place the next week in Milan. We could have stopped at this but I can’t skip one more aspect. Last Saturday’s event in the Black Sea shook Ukraine and the world. This is the first armed attack performed by the Russian army without hiding their flag. Hopefully, Hungary knows that this threat is not only to Ukraine,’ Klimkin said.  

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The Minister has also noted that Russia wages a hybrid war against the entire democratic world, including the EU and Hungary, and Ukraine just ended up at the forefront of this war. 

‘This is why we have the right to expect a full assist and support from both the EU and NATO, as well as every country that is a member of this unions... Hopefully, Hungary will also actively support the assistance of the EU and NATO to Ukraine. By the way, this is the best way to protect our Ukrainian Hungarians from the Russian threat,’ he said.  

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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 demanded 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 were in the critical condition. 

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Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova named the exact number of the detained Ukrainian servicemen, 24 ships. Moskalkova added that “procedural actions are 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.” 

Later it was reported that the Ukrainian servicemen taken captive in Kerch Strait are being forced to give the false testimony. The Commander of Ukraine’s Navy noted that the lawyers have already met with this military. 

Related: Poroshenko urges NATO to send naval ships to Sea of Azov

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