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Russian Foreign Minister says Poroshenko prepares provocation on Crimean border

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia is ready to give a determined response in case of “Ukraine’s provocation
15:07, 17 December 2018

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Ukraine’s authority allegedly intended to commit an armed provocation on the border with annexed Crimea in late December, as he stated in the interview for Komsomolskaya Pravda.

“Poroshenko plans a provocation on the border with Russian Federation in late December,” Lavrov said.

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At the same time, Lavrov stressed that Russia was ready to give a determined response in case of “Ukraine’s provocation” on the border with Crimea.

According to the Russian Minister, “the British and American” instructors help the Ukrainian military to deploy around 19,000 soldiers and a significant amount of equipment on the contact line.

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As it was reported, President Poroshenko said that Russian troops still might invade Ukraine. But if Russia does not do it, martial law will not be prolonged.

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.   

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‘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. 

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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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