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Escalation in Kerch Strait is provocation of Ukraine’s authorities, - Putin

Russia illegally detained 24 Ukrainian sailors during the fighting
16:21, 28 November 2018

The Guardian

President of Russia Vladimir Putin claimed that the incident in Kerch Strait is the “provocation of Kyiv authorities in the run-up to presidential elections in Ukraine” as Interfax reported.

“Considering the incident in the Black Sea: it is a provocation, certainly, organized by the current authority, including the active president in the run-up to presidential elections in Ukraine in March 2019,” Putin said.

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“A little incident in the Black Sea and they imposed martial law. Obviously, they do this in the run-up to presidential elections. It is an absolutely obvious fact,” the Russian president claimed.

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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Kyiv demanded from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors were wounded and two of them were in the critical condition.

Earlier the so-called “Kyiv District Court” of Simferopol has begun to choose the restrictive measure for the Ukrainian sailors detained in the evening of November 25 in Kerch Strait. It is reported about the arrest of Serhiy Tsybizov and Viktor Varemez. They are arrested for two months until January 25, 2019.

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Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine. 

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