Ukrainian navy vessels to continue going through Kerch Strait, states head of Ministry of Defense

Ukrainian navy vessels to continue going through Kerch Strait, states head of Ministry of Defense

Stepan Poltorak has also stated that the Russian Federation had placed more than 100 thousand of military men which implies there’s a threat of fully-fledged aggression.

Ukraine won’t give up on going through the Kerch Strait; next time, they’re going to go there, when the maritime forces are ready for that. This has been stated by Ukraine’s Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak while on air at Pryamoy TV-channel.

“When we’re ready for our next subdivisions’ rotation, we will go the same way in compliance of all international regulations. By the time, international pressure on Russia will let them see they don’t meet the international obligations.” Poltorak said.

Head of the Ministry of Defense noted that Ukraine won’t give up on going through the Kerch Strait and Azov Sea. Otherwise, “it would mean that Russia fully occupied the Azov Sea; and we’re going to lose another territory. We can’t afford it.” The minister said.

He also noted that the Russian Federation had placed more than 100 thousand of military men which implies there’s a threat of fully-fledged aggression. “And of the reasons why it was necessary to declare martial law was a threat of an opened aggression. What’s the problem? Russia had previously placed 26 military groups in Ukraine, and now - 3 others. It’s 29 already which is almost 100 thousand persons. And these are not just the people who gathered there - these are people who were educated in a special military way.” He said. 

On November 29, Ukraine’s Navy reported that Russia’s border ships

However, Russia’s theory is that 3 Ukraine’s coast guard ships illegally crossed the border between the countries and and entered the territorial waters. As a result, Russian frontier guard detained 3 ships of Ukraine’s Navy - Berdyansk, Nikopol, and Yany Kapu with the use of weapon. 24 Ukrainian Navy men are arrested up to January 25, 2019 and suspected of a criminal case under item 3 of article 322 of Russia’s Criminal Code - Illegal Crossing of the State Border of the Russian Federation - which implies up to 6 years of imprisonment.

On November 26, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved a decree by the President Petr Poroshenko related to imposition of martial law in the country’s 10 border areas - from November 28 for 30 days. The government’s leader has also stated there’s a threat of a large-scale war against Russia.

Due to the exacerbation of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas has proposed to spread over the Azov Sea the monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The Baltic States - just like Great Britain before - were called to stiffen their sanctions against Russia.


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