The Russian Federation has lifted the restriction of movement of civilian vessels across Kerch Strait. The ships already cross it, TASS news agency reported with the reference to Aleksei Volkov, the Director General of Crimean Sea Ports enterprise.
According to the official who represents the Crimean occupant authorities, the decision took effect movement at about 4 a.m. Monday.
The restriction was imposed on Sunday evening due to the attack on Ukrainian vessels, as Russian naval group fired on Ukrainian Navy ships, ramming one of them and eventually capturing the vessels. Six Ukrainian sailors were wounded in the attack.
As is known, 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 incident took place on November 25. The press office of the Ukrainian Navy reported this on Facebook.
‘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.