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UN Security Council blocks Russia-initiated consideration of “border violation”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called to block all Russia’s offers
20:00, 26 November 2018
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The UN Security Council blocked Russia-initiated consideration of the issue of the alleged “violation of borders,” during the emergency session regarding the aggressive acts of the Russian Federation conducted against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, 112 Ukraine broadcasted the event.

Prior to that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urged to block Russian offers.

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‘We fully support the territorial integrity and the independence of Ukraine and fully support the fact that Ukraine protects its territorial waters. We are extremely concerned about the escalation of the situation and the international law, we are looking forward to hear the way Russia is going to explain the escalation of this situation, we also call the participants of the UN Security Council to vote against any decision provided by the Russian Federation,’ Haley claimed.

According to Interfax-Ukraine, only four members of the Security Council have positively voted, so this issue was withdrawn from the discussion.

As it was reported, Viktor Muzhenko, the Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, told the entire course of events which lead to the escalation of the crisis in the Sea of Azov at the National Security and Defence Council session

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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.   

‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message. 

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It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost.

The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 

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