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UN Security Council discusses Russian aggression against Ukraine in Sea of Azov

Ukrainian authorities convened a meeting of the UN Security Council after the shelling and the capture by Russia the ships of Ukraine's Armed Forces, which have been performing a transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port. The meeting to start at 6 p.m. Kyiv time
18:03, 26 November 2018

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The UN Security Council is holding an emergency meeting regarding the aggressive acts conducted by the Russian Federation against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, according to the official UNSC website

Ukrainian authorities convened a meeting of the UN Security Council after the shelling and the capture by Russia the ships of the Armed Forces of Ukraine ‘Berdyansk,’ ‘Nikopol,’ and ‘Yany Kapu,’ which have been performing a transition from Odesa port (the Black Sea) to Mariupol (the Sea of Azov) having moved through the Kerch Strait. The information about 23 Ukrainian sailors, who have been captured by the occupiers during the attack, is still unknown. Six Ukrainian militaries are injured and located on the Russian territory.

Related: Putin does not plan to negotiate with Poroshenko on Azov crisis, - Kremlin

Ukrainian authorities feared that Moscow opened a new frontline at the Sea of Azov. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko commissioned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform the G7 and the members of the UN Security Council about the actions of the Russian Federation in the waters of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.

Moscow also made a similar appeal to consider a maritime conflict at the UN Security Council. It claims that the Ukrainian ships violated its maritime border.

Related: Ukraine not to attack, but to defend its territory, - General Staff

As it was reported, Viktor Muzhenko, 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

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. 

Related: Russia threatens Ukraine to "react firmly" to attacks at its sovereignty

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. 

Related: Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council proposes martial law from 14:00 on November 26

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