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Ukraine urges EU countries to impose new anti-russian sanctions due to aggression in Azov area

Russian special forces seized three Ukrainian vessels, six Ukrainian sailors were wounded
14:35, 26 November 2018

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Ukraine urges countries of the European Union to impose new sanctions against Russia due to its aggression in the Sea of Azov as Iryna Lutsenko, representative of the Ukrainian President at the Verkhovna Rada, reported on Facebook.

“We urge the EU countries to impose the additional sanctions against Russia for the violation of the norms of the navigation in the high seas, attack at our vessels, injuries of our soldiers,” Lutsenko noted.

Related: Russian media reveal names of three wounded Ukrainian sailors, detained in Sea of Azov

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.   

Kyiv demands 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 are in the critical condition.

Related: Results of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council urgent meeting

As we reported, Kyiv urgently convened the UN Security Council because of the aggravation in Azov Sea. The Russians shelled and seized the vessels of the Ukrainian Naval Forces “Berdyansk”, “Nikopol” and “Yany Kapu”, which passed from Odesa (the Black Sea) to Mariupol (the Sea of Azov), moving through Kerch Strait. The state of 23 Ukrainian sailors is unknown.

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. 

Related: Ukrainian sailors from seized ships questioned by Russia, - Ombudsman

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.

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