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Two vessels collide in Kerch Strait

Both vessels arrived from Constanța Romanian port and headed to Russia and Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov
12:39, 1 December 2018
A ship blocks passage under the Crimean bridge over the Kerch Strait on Nov. 25
Associated Press

Two ships collided in the Sea of Azov on Friday, November 30, according to the Russian mass media. 

Lady Mary cargo vessel under the flag of Tonga carried out a maneuver near a moored vessel Azov Concord under the flag of Malta; its propeller stuck in the anchor chain of the Maltese vessel.  

Related: Ukraine prepares tit-for-tat measures against Russian aggression in Kerch Strait

It is reported that the propeller of the Lady Mary sustained damage, and the chain of Azov Concord presumably broke away.  

Both vessels arrived from Romanian port Constanța and headed to Russian and Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. They are going to stay at the dock in the southern part of the Kerch Strait until they are repaired.  

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.    

Related: U.S. Senate unanimously condemns Russian actions in Kerch Strait

Kyiv demanded from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors are wounded and two of them were in the critical condition. 

Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova named the exact number of the detained Ukrainian servicemen – 24. Moskalkova added that “if a military vessel enters the waters, certainly, this is a violation of the borders, this is a socially dangerous act, which demands a special qualification and procedure.”

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