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Ukrainian ships continue to move to Mariupol port in Sea of Azov

Earlier, Russian coast guard ship rammed Ukrainian tug
17:27, 25 November 2018

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Ukrainian ships continue to move to the port of Mariupol, despite opposition from Russian forces. This was reported in the press service of the Naval Forces of Ukraine on Facebook.

"The naval group of the Ukrainian Navy continues to move to the port of Mariupol, despite opposition from the Russian Federation. Freedom of navigation is guaranteed by international law. Complying with international maritime law, Berdyansk and Nikopol small armored artillery boats of the Ukrainian Navy, as well as the Yany Kalu raid tug continue to perform tasks at sea," said in a statement.

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. The press office of the Ukrainian Navy reported this on Facebook.

Related: Russian coast guard ship rams tugboat of Ukrainian Navy in 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. 

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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