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Two Ukrainian sailors wounded in Kerch Strait area in serious condition

The First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada will fly to Berlin to urge Europe react harshly to Russian aggression in the Sea of ​​Azov
05:30, 26 November 2018

Iryna Gerashchenko
The Verkhovna Rada

Two of the six Ukrainian sailors wounded by the Russians in the area of Kerch Strait are in critical condition. This was reported by the First Deputy Chairman of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko on Facebook.

“Six sailors were injured and two of them are in a serious condition. This news breaks my heart. The Russian Federation is a country-murderer,” wrote Gerashchenko wrote.

Iryna Gerashchenko reported that on November 26 in the morning, she and the Head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Hanna Hopko would fly to Berlin in connection with the situation in the Sea of Azov.

“In the morning I fly to Berlin. Together with Anna Hopko, we will do everything in our power to mobilize our partners and get a tough reaction to the open and arrogant military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and the aggravation in Azov,” the deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada said.

As it was 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.

Related: National Security and Defense Council proposes Parliament to impose martial law in Ukraine

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. 

Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

Related: Martial Law: What it means and how lives of Ukrainians could change

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