Military ships of Ukraine will continue to pass through the Kerch Strait, – Poltorak – 24 Channel

Військові кораблі України продовжать проходити через Керченську протоку, – Полторак - 24 Канал

Ukraine does not waive the right to be present on the Azov sea – it would mean the occupation of Russia. The ships of the Ukrainian Navy will continue to pass the Kerch Strait, when they are ready.

This was stated by the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak on air of TV channel “Direct”.

The Minister said that the ships of naval forces of Ukraine will not abandon the right to be present in the Azov sea.

“We did not violate any point to any Treaty, we acted exactly the same way as in previous times. But we will not give up our right to pass through the Kerch Strait and our right to be present in the sea of Azov”, – he said.

Thus Poltorak explained that “today, nobody goes anywhere”, it will happen when the naval forces of Ukraine “are ready.”

When we’re ready to host next hop for holding the rotation of our units, we will implement the same passages with the implementation of all international norms and rights,
– said the Minister.

The defense Minister also noted that by this time, international pressure on Russia “will allow them to understand that they do not fulfill international obligations.”

The Minister said that if Ukraine refuses from passing warships Kerch Strait, “it would mean that Russia has completely invaded the Azov sea and we just lost another territory.

“We can not allow this”, – he stressed.

By the way, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that during a meeting at the level of foreign Ministers NATO with Ukraine and Georgia in the context of the recent aggression of Russia on the Azov took important decisions concerning the counter-aggression of the Kremlin. Some of them will be known in the near future.

What is known about the events in the Kerch Strait?25 Nov in the Kerch Strait the Russian border guard ship rammed the RAID tug of the Ukrainian military. It is known that 2 of the Ukrainian military small armored artillery boats and offshore tug went according to plan and according to international standards from the port of Odessa to the port in Mariupol.

However, Russia said that the Ukrainian warships allegedly illegal came in temporarily closed the waters of the territorial sea of the Russian Federation and continued moving to the Kerch Strait.

A group of Ukrainian ships continued on their way to Mariupol. However, during exit from the Kerch Strait, the Russian border guard vessel opened fire on Ukrainian ships, resulting in 6 Ukrainian sailors were injured. Russia also seized 2 Ukrainian vessel and captured 24 Ukrainian sailors, who were later arrested in the occupied Crimea and taken to Moscow prison.

After that, the Ukraine was put into 10 regions martial law until December 26. In addition, 30 November Ukraine has banned the entry into its territory of male Russian citizens aged 16-60 years.

Russia also is not the first month blocks in the Azov sea foreign ships, was heading to the Ukrainian ports. Because of this, the Ukrainian economy will suffer significant losses.

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