Ukraine arrests ships near occupied Crimea, Russia outraged

17:47, 16 November 2018

Russia seems to be outraged due to the recent detention of ships that illegally entered the seaports of the annexed Crimea. Franz Klintsevich, the member of the Russian parliamentary committee for defense and security posted this on Facebook.

According to him, Ukraine 'pushes Russia towards sharp responsive actions'. 'Yes, we can shut down the Sea of Azov for any Ukrainian vessel. And I don't rule out that such actions may follow. At bottom, Ukraine breaks the agreement of the Sea of Azov, and it will be the only one to suffer', Klintsevich wrote.

Previously, Ukraine arrested 15 ships that entered ports of the annexed Crimea. This is due to the Ukrainian law that claims the ports of Crimea (Yevpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosiya, Yalta) closed. The respective legislative acts were approved in April and June 2014. Any vessel that enters the closed seaports and terminals in the occupied Crimea breaches the Ukrainian and the international law. This, in turn, results in administrative and criminal responsibility for the vessel's owner, operator and the crew.