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Attempt to get out of situation, - Russian MFA on martial law in Ukraine

Ukraine might introduce martial law due to the situation in the Sea of Azov
15:34, 26 November 2018

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Possible martial law in Ukraine is an attempt to get out of the current situation, as Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, said at the briefing, Russian Interfax reported.

“Quite interest things are going on there (in Ukraine, - ed.) and I think, it won’t be boring to the ways the Ukrainian authority is basically trying to get out of the current situation,” Lavrov said.

He also added that Russian did not care about possible sanctions due to the situation in Kerch Strait.

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Viktor Muzhenko, Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, told the entire course of events which lead to the escalation of the crisis in the Sea of Azov at the National Security and Defence Council session.

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.   

Related: Russian media reveal names of three wounded Ukrainian sailors, detained 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. 

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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, 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. 

Related: UN Security Council to hold urgent session due to Azov crisis

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