It is noted that the incident took place at the vessel which was transporting coal under the flag of Togo. 10 sailors out of 11 are the citizens of Ukraine and one more is a citizen of Azerbaijan. According to the latest data, seven members of the crew were withdrawn from the cargo vessel.
Initially, TASS reported that the vessel was holed and ran aground.
“The cargo ship sustained holes, ran aground, at Kavkaz Port. The crew was dropped off. The spill of the oil products is prevented. Now the water pumping is conducted,” the party of the agency said.
Later it became known that the vessel did not run aground. While “the captain refused from the water pumping without the explanations.” At the same time, Russia sent two tugboats to the site.
Earlier the Ukrainian delegation to the UN accused the Russian side of violating the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Over the past three months, Russia's activity in the Sea of Azov has increased significantly. The Russians do not allow commercial vessels going to and leaving Ukrainian ports to pass through the Kerch Strait without hindrance. In this regard, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff, and the Ukrainian Navy to take measures to stop Russian provocations with regard to blocking the entry of ships into Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure has developed a set of measures in response to Russia's actions. At the same time, it was reported that the package of measures includes, among other things, restrictions on passenger traffic with Russia.
Moreover, in July, Russia detained 148 ships for inspection in the Sea of Azov. Due to this, President Poroshenko entrusted the Defence Minister, the Head of the General Staff, and Command of Ukraine’s Naval Forces to take measures to stop Russian provocations concerning the blockade of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov.
Ukraine also supports the imposition of sanctions against Russian Black Sea ports due to the blockade of the Sea of Azov.