"The ship under the flag of Panama, departing from the Russian port of Azov, sent a distress signal about 148 km (92 miles) from the northeastern Black Sea province of Samsun. There were 13 crew members onboard the cargo ship, including nine Ukrainian citizens, two citizens of Azerbaijan and two Russians," said in a statement.
The Coast Guard announced that a distress alert warned of a possible shipwreck.
It is noted that as a result of the tragedy, two people died, four more are missing. Seven crew members are currently saved.
At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has not yet commented on this issue.
Earlier we informed that during an attack in the Kerch Strait on November 25, Russian soldiers fired on Ukrainian ships with a large-caliber cannon. The lawyer Ilya Novikov reported this on the Ekho Moskvy radio station, citing the words of his client, the Ukrainian sailor Roman Mokryak who was detained as a result of the incident.
“The Russian side is trying to present this situation to us, as” we have seen that they violate the border, we must stop it ...” This “must stop” resulted in the firing from a large-caliber cannon. According to the observations of my client Roman Mokryak, about 1,200 shells were fired," Novikov noted.
He added that the Russian border ship Izumrud was firing at the Ukrainian ships. To avoid shelling, the Ukrainian ships began to disperse at sea, and one of the border ships of the Russian Federation went after the Berdyansk ship.