17.01.19 14:21

Russia continues creeping offensive in Azov and Black Seas, - Poltorak

There are certain threats in the Azov Sea, but Ukraine armed forces stay alert.

Russia continues creeping offensive in Azov and Black Seas, - Poltorak

As reported by Censor.NET, Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak said this in an interview for Priamyi TV channel.

"Ukraine armed forces are currently doing their tasks in the Azov Sea, including patrolling. They constantly react to existing threats and keep control of the situation. Unfortunately, Russia continues its creeping offensive not only in the Azov Sea, but also in the Black Sea by closing a big part of sea area on the pretext of training maneuvers and weapon tests. They do this to complicate the movement of merchant ships that are not only Ukrainian. And as ships bypass the training area, the cost of products they transport increases. For this reason, Russia is trying to repeat the Azov Sea scenario in the Black Sea," Poltorak said.

Nov. 26, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on the situation in Ukraine and latest developments in the Black and Azov Seas.

Later on the same day, Ukraine's parliament gave the green light to a presidential decree on the introduction of martial law for 30 days in 10 regions of Ukraine – Vinnytsia region, Luhansk region, Mykolaiv region, Odesa region, Sumy region, Kharkiv region, Chernihiv region, Kherson region, Donetsk region and Zaporizhia region, as well as the inland waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

Nov. 28, the Russian district court of Simferopol city in occupied Crimea arrested 24 Ukrainian sailors, who had been captured by Russia’s FSB near the Kerch Strait, for two months. They all face six years in prison.

Nov. 30, the sailors were transferred to Moscow: 21 Ukrainians were brought to Moscow Lefortovo Prison, the three wounded - to Matrosskaya Tishyna.

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