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Russia lost right to deny that it is side at conflict in Ukraine, - Poland

Polish Foreign Minister noted that legal significance of Russia’s official recognition of the attack at the Ukrainian ships
11:40, 7 December 2018

Presidential Administration press office

Foreign Minister of Poland Jacek Czaputowicz claimed that the legally proved status of Russia as the side of the conflict is the result of the attack of the Russian Naval Forces at the Ukrainian ships during the negotiations of the OSCE on the militarization of Crimea, Azov Seaб and the Black Sea as European Truth reported.

“Now, Russia cannot say that it is not a side of the conflict. Now, they cannot hide behind some “little green men”,” Czaputowicz said.

Related: Germany offers to extend OSCE SMM mandate to Sea of Azov

Besides, the Polish minister assured that the motives of the attacks claimed by the Russians are not persuasive.

“The explanations of Russia that it must protect the critically important object of the infrastructure, particularly illegally constructed bridge in illegally annexed Crimea is not serious,” he said.

Related: One of captured Ukrainian sailors suffers heavy wounds to his legs, uses crutches to walk, - Ukrainian Navy

Wess Mitchell, the associate of the U.S. Secretary of State reminded that Russia shelled and seized the Ukrainian ships when they aimed to the Crimean Bridge and were in the international waters.

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.   

Related: Ukrainian consuls visit three captured sailors, wounded in Kerch Strait incident

21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border'during the Kerch Strait incident.

Related: U.S. Air Force performed extraordinary flight over Ukraine

Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine. 

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