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U.S. Senate unanimously condemns Russian actions in Kerch Strait

The American lawmakers urge the aggressor to immediately return seized vessels of Ukraine’s Naval Forces and release captured sailors
10:53, 30 November 2018

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The Senate of the U.S. unanimously voted for the resolution, which condemns the actions of Russia in Kerch Strait against the ships of the Ukrainian fleet as the website of the U.S. Senate reported.

The document contains the urge to Moscow to immediately return seized vessels of Ukraine’s Naval Forces “Berdyansk”, “Nikopol” and “Yany Kapu”, which passed from Odesa (the Black Sea) to Mariupol (the Sea of Azov) and release captured sailors.

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Moreover, it supports official Kyiv and condemns any military actions of Russia assumed to unilaterally rewrite the international rules.

The illegal construction of Kerch bridge, and it is one more violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in parallel with the militarization of the Sea of Azov, led to the tightened control over the military navigation in the strait. The U.S. expects that Russia will stop the check of the vessels.

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The document notes that Washington does not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

The resolution of the Congress has the declaratory nature; however, it is a signal for the U.S. President for action.

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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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.

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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On November 27-28, Kyiv District Court of Simferopol arrested all Ukrainian sailors until January 25, 2019, who were detained by Russian border officers.

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