Three Ukrainian ships detained, criminal case initiated, - Russian Security Service

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russians have provided medical aid to three wounded Ukrainian servicemen, there is no threat to their lives
04:00, 26 November 2018

112 Agency

All three vessels of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, which violated the Russian border, were detained in the Black Sea; weapons were used to force them to stop. It was reported by TASS, referring to the Center for Public Relations of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSS).

“The ships of the Ukrainian Navy - "Berdyansk," "Nikopol," and "Yany Kapu," which violated the state border of Russia this morning on November 25, at 19:00 Moscow time, made another attempt of illegal actions within the territorial sea of the Russian Federation. They did not react to the legal requirements of the Russian border guard service to stop; they made dangerous maneuvering," Russian FSS reports.

Weapons were used to stop the Ukrainian warships. Three wounded servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine received medical help. There is no threat to their lives.

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A criminal case upon the violation of the state border of the Russian Federation was initiated after the incident with the Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov.

The ministry added that the Ukrainian side is familiar with the order of passage of warships through the territorial sea of Russia and along the Kerch-Yenikalsky channel.

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.

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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 boats of the Russian Border Guard Service opened fire on the ship group of the Ukrainian Navy, which was moving towards the exit from the Kerch Strait. 'After the exit from 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.

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