A video of the moment when the Russian Border Guard ship rams the Ukrainian tug at Sea of Azov is spread in the social media. Ukraine's Internal Minister Arsen Avakovwas posted this on his Twitter.
“The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine got access to a video of provocation - Russian border ship ‘Don’ rams Ukrainian ship. The video was filmed by the Russians, we hear their commands - this will be the proof in the international court!” Avakov wrote.
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. 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.
Russian authorities said that three Ukrainian warships in the Sea of Azov illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed to the Kerch Strait. The Federal Security Service border guards in Crimea stated this, TASS reported.
The boats of the Russian Border Guard Service opened fire against the ship group of the Ukrainian Navy, which was moving towards the exit from the Kerch Strait.
'After leaving the 12-mile area, gunboats of the Border Guard of Russian Federal Security Service fired on the naval group of the Ukrainian Navy of Ukraine's Armed Forces. Berdyansk, the small armored gunboat took damage,' the message says.