The Russian border guard boat held the provocative actions when two Ukrainian military ships “Donbas” and “Korets” were entering Mariupol port as the press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported.
It is stated that in the morning of September 25, the transition of the ships of the Ukrainian Navy finished by the entering of “Korets” sea tug in the port of Mariupol.
“It is worth noting that Russia could not resist provocations and fakes even this time. Not far from the Mariupol raid near the anchorage, the attempt of the provocation by the Russian border guard boat “Mangust” took place and it recently did the same things by dangerous maneuvering near the Ukrainian boat of the Ukrainian Sea Guard,” the message said.
The ministry noted that the border guard boat of the Russian Federation tried to get close to the ships at high speed but was stopped by the Ukrainian armored artillery boats “Lubny” and “Kremenchuk”.
Moreover, the Defense Ministry claimed that the payment of the pilot services to the Russian side during the crossing through the Kerch Strait did not take place.
It is noted that the Ukrainian vessels should be included in the compound, which will be deployed in the new naval base of the Ukrainian Navy, established in Berdyansk. Strengthening the groupings of the Ukrainian Navy in the Sea of Azov is a response to Russia's aggressive actions in the Sea of Azov. According to the agreement of 2003, the Sea of Azov is an internal sea of two states where civil and military vessels under the flags of Ukraine and the Russian Federation can freely enter through the strait and go to their ports.
Ship A500 "Donbas" was built at the Szczecin shipyard in Poland in 1969. The vessels of this enterprise were then considered to be the most enduring, actively used in combat campaigns since the early 1970s.
In the 2000s, the ship was converted into a control ship with the dismantling of the unused equipment of a floating repair shop. On March 20, 2014 the ship was captured by Russian invaders. On April 18, 2014, was transferred to Odesa.