Ukraine won’t back off from passage of its ships by Kerch Strait, - Minister of Defense

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Minister of Defense noted that the part of the Sea of Azov belongs to Ukraine, it means that Ukrainian vessels have the right to go through the Kerch Strait
11:50, 29 December 2018
Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Ukraine won’t back off from the passage of its ships by the Kerch Strait, because it is Ukrainian territory. Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak claimed this to journalists, reported RBK-Ukraine. 

‘Ukraine didn’t make it to go by the strait because of Russia’s provocation. If we don’t pass the Kerch Strait it will mean that we give up our territory,’ he said. 

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According to the Minister, the part of the Sea of Azov belongs to Ukraine, and Ukraine has a right for the passage through the strait. 

On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked 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.   

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21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital. On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.

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