‘We have heard of these threats constantly, and it was not only connected with the Sea of Azov but with the threats like reaching Kyiv in two hours and destroying our major cities, including our capital. I think that we need to draw conclusions. We and I as a minister of defense draw such conclusions, we are ready to react and take measures in accordance with our capabilities, our tasks and our strategy, in case it is needed,’ he claimed.
‘We will properly act against threats both in the Sea of Azov, the Black Sea and in other areas of responsibility of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,’ he summarized.
Earlier, Iryna Lutsenko, the President’s Representative to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukrainian people's deputy, stated that if Russia blocks Azov Sea, Ukraine’s reaction will be vigorous.
Previously, Ukraine arrested 15 ships that entered ports of the annexed Crimea. This is due to the Ukrainian law that claims the ports of Crimea (Yevpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosiya, Yalta) closed. The respective legislative acts were approved in April and June 2014.
Thus, any vessel that enters the closed seaports and terminals in the occupied Crimea breach the Ukrainian and the international law. Such action is considered an undermining of Ukraine's sovereignty and results in responsibility for the vessel's owner, operator and the crew.