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UN Security Council to hold urgent session due to Azov crisis

Ukraine demands to return three seized vessels of the Ukrainian Naval Forces, release the sailors, and provide free navigation through Kerch Strait
09:20, 26 November 2018

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The UN Security Council will hold the urgent session on the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov as Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, reported on Twitter.

The urgent session of the UN Security Council is called for 11:00 New York time (18:00 Kyiv time).


Related: Ukraine’s parliament to consider imposing of martial law at 16:00

Official 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: Two Ukrainian sailors wounded in Kerch Strait area in serious condition

The boats of the Russian Border Guard Service opened fire against 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 National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

 

 

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