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Russia uses combat helicopters to escort Ukrainian ships in Sea of Azov

At the same time, it is added that the border ships of the Russian Federation also continue to escort Ukrainian ships at a dangerous distance
18:15, 25 November 2018

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The Russian side used helicopters to escort ships of the Ukrainian Navy. This is stated in a message posted on Facebook on the Ukrainian Armed Forces page.

"At 13:12, the two Ka-52 armed helicopters started to escort Ukrainian Naval Forces ships using the onboard weapon control systems," the message says.

At the same time, it is added that the border ships of the Russian Federation also continue to escort Ukrainian ships at a dangerous distance.

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. The press office of the Ukrainian Navy reported this on Facebook.  

Related: Ukrainian ships continue to move to Mariupol port in Sea of Azov

‘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. 

It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements. 

The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 

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