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

The Russian side finally provided the schedule of consul visits, - Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin
21:48, 6 December 2018

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Ukrainian diplomats visited the three captured sailors of the Ukrainian Navy, who were wounded during the Russian Navy attack in the Kerch Strait. Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's foreign minister said that after a briefing in Milan where the OSCE ministerial meeting took place.   

'Our consuls are meeting with the three wounded men. They will keep visiting them every day to check their conditions', Klimkin said as quoted by his authority's press service. 

On Thursday, the Russian side finally provided the schedule of consul visits, the Ukrainian minister added.
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.   

‘Today, 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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