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Ukraine's Chargé d'affaires in Russia to be called to Russian MFA

Moscow urged to provide the security of the Russian diplomats in Ukraine
15:24, 26 November 2018

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The Russian Federation called the actions of the Ukrainian side in the area of Kerch Strait provocative and called the Chargé d'affaires of Ukraine to the Russian Foreign Ministry, as Interfax reported, citing spokeswoman of Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“Today, the Chargé d'affaires of Ukraine in the Russian Federation will be called to the Foreign Ministry of Russia,” Zakharova said.

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According to her, “the reason for this call is the aggressive and provocative actions of the Ukrainian side.”

She called the conduct of Ukraine “not just non-observance of the legal rules but planned provocation and aggressive actions.”

“As we understand, this provocation and the whole complex of the provocative actions were prepared in advance.”

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Moreover, the Russian Foreign Ministry urged Kyiv to provide the security of the Russian diplomats “to avoid grave consequences.”

On November 26, the Russian Embassy in Kyiv was pelted with the smoke bombs due to the escalation in the Azov area. The law enforcers did not allow the protesters to burn the tires.

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.   

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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.

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.

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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. 

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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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