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Ukraine intends to discuss OSCE presence in Sea of Azov

Gerashchenko informed the Normandy format partners about the intention, including France and Germany
08:38, 25 December 2018

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First Vice-Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament of Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko claimed that she would bring up in Minsk the question of increasing the presence of the OSCE mission in the waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of AzovKrym.Realii reports. 

‘We are very concerned about the question of the militarization of the peninsula, which was a tourist place. Crimea has never had as many weapons as today. We require the monitoring of this Ukrainian territory,’ Gerashchenko claimed. 

According to her, Crimea remains closed for every monitoring mission, whether it is the OSCE SMM or the Red Cross, which have no access to the prisons in the occupied Crimea, as well as the UN mission on torture prevention. 

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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.    

‘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. 

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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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