President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko requested the defense minister, head of the General Staff and the command of the Marine Corps of Ukraine to assume the sufficient measures to stop the Russian provocations toward the blocking of the entrance of the vessels to the Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov as ICTV reported.
“We will not accept the illegal seizure of the Ukrainian and foreign vessels aiming to the Ukrainian ports, including Mariupol to stop the mining and smelting complex working in Donbas,” the president claimed.
Poroshenko reported that he provided the proper orders to the defense minister, head of the General Staff and the command of the Marine Corps of Ukraine to “stop the violation of the law and stop the Russian provocation during the passage of the Kerch Strait.”
“Russia uses the conquered and illegally annexed Crimea for these attacks, including the Black Sea Fleet situated in conquered Sevastopol. We will not accept this,” Poroshenko said.
As we reported there are 148 vessels detained for the inspection by Russia in the Azov Sea. Lavrenyuk noted that the number of the vessels detained for the inspection grows every day and it makes 148 ships at the moment.