Another Russian provocation occurred in the Sea of Azov. The video appeared on the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Navy on Tuesday.
A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter flew dangerously close to Ukrainian vessels. The incident happened during strategic drills ‘Cossack Will 2018’.
Last week, the maneuvers took place all over Ukraine. One of the stages included defense of the coastline of the Sea of Azov.
Over the past three months, Russia's activity in the Azov Sea has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow commercial vessels going to and leaving Ukrainian ports to pass through the Kerch Strait without hindrance. In this regard, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff and the Ukrainian Navy to take measures to stop Russian provocations with regard to blocking the entry of ships into Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has developed a set of measures in response to Russia's actions. At the same time, it was reported that the package of measures includes, among other things, restrictions on passenger traffic with Russia.
Moreover, in July, Russia detained 148 ships for inspection in the Sea of Azov. Due to this, President Poroshenko entrusted the Defence Minister, the Head of the General Staff, and Command of Ukraine’s Naval Forces to take measures to stop Russian provocations concerning the blockade of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov.
Ukraine also supports the imposition of sanctions against Russian Black Sea ports due to the blockade of the Sea of Azov.