Ukraine’s Naval Forces continue to use Kerch Strait for ships’ passage, - Defense Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

Otherwise, according to Defense Minister, Ukraine can lose the Sea of Azov
13:00, 7 December 2018

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Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak stated that the Ukrainian Naval Forces will continue to use Kerch Strait for the passage of its ships, as Pryamy TV channel reported.

“When we are ready to hold the next passage for the rotations of our detachments, we will carry out such passages with the fulfillment of all international norms and laws. By then, I think, the international pressure will send Russia a message that it does not fulfill the international commitments,” Poltorak said.

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He underlines that Ukraine cannot refuse from the right for a passage through Kerch Strait.

“If we refuse from a passage through Kerch Strait, it will mean that Russia has completely occupied the Sea of Azov and we will lose one more territory. We cannot afford it,” the minister added.

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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.   

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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On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine. 

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