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Russia decides on awarding border guards who shelled Ukrainians in Kerch Strait

The speaker of the State Duma claimed that Russian border officers “solved the tasks of protecting the border and complied with international norms and rules”
19:32, 3 December 2018

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The Committee of the State Duma of Russia has been commissioned to prepare awards for border guards, who captured Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea, as Interfax reports, citing speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin. 

‘From our side, we have commissioned the Security and Anti-Corruption Committee to consider the issue of awarding the border officers involved in preventing violations of our border and protecting the rule of law,’ Volodin said. 

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According to him, chairman of the Committee Vasiliy Piskarev is tasked with elaborating this issue together with the relevant agency until the next meeting of the Council of the Duma. December 5, Piskarev will have to make proposals for awarding border guards. Volodin said that the Russian border guards “acted perfectly, they courageously and effectively solved the border protection tasks that they faced with and complied with all international norms and rules.” 

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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.  

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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Wolf Angel

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4 December 2018, 07:22edited
This action by Russia will make it easier to name them in criminal charges. The Ukrainian ships were in International waters of what the international community still knows is Ukraine. But by their longitude and latitude all three ships were more than 12 miles off the coast. They should be charged in international court, along with their commanding officiers, all the way up the line.
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