“As we have repeatedly talked that there are no problems for the pass of the Ukrainian warships from the Black Sea to their ports in the Sea of Azov. The only condition is to observe the security norms of the navigation in Kerch Strait,” he stated.
Earlier Russian Federation Council approved the statement with reports that the violation of the passage procedure through Kerch Strait by the Ukrainian vessels, which was established by the Russian side can cause the military conflict with Russia.
As we reported earlier, On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked 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. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.
All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.
Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019, Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.