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Russian coast guard ship rams tugboat of Ukrainian Navy in Sea of Azov

Russia demonstrated its aggressive nature and total disregard for international law, - Ukrainian Navy
11:50, 25 November 2018

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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 press office of the Ukrainian Navy reported this on Facebook.  

‘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: Russia accuses Ukraine of militarizing Azov Sea, refuses same charges against it

‘The ships of the Ukrainian Navy continue to perform tasks in compliance with all norms of international law. All illegal actions are recorded by the crews of the ships and the command of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and will be transferred to the competent international bodies,’ reads the message.  

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine has arrested 15 vessels, which entered the ports of the annexed Crimea. In response to this, member of the Council of the Federation Committee on Defense and Security Frants Klintsevich claimed that Russia could block the Sea of Azov for any Ukrainian ship. Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that Ukraine was ready to react to threats both in the Sea of Azov and other areas.  

Related: Ukraine prepares draft resolution for UN General Assembly on militarization of Sea of Azov and Black Sea by Russia

It should be noted that the Russian activity in the Sea of Azov increased over the last three months. Russians do not allow the trade vessels heading to and emerging from the Ukrainian ports to freely pass through the Kerch Strait. In this regard, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko commissioned the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff and the Commandment of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to take measures to stop Russian provocations in relation to blocking the entry of vessels into Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine developed a set of measures in response to Russia's actions. The set of measures includes the limit of passenger traffic with Russia. 

Related: U.S. condemns Russian aggression in Sea of Azov

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