There was an immediate response from Kiev to thriller ongoing in Black Sea, with the FSB of Russia announcing that Ukrainian Navy ship “Donbass” sails to the Kerch Strait and does not comply with changeover instructions.
THE Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznov stated that the Ukrainian ship is legally in the Sea of Azov as the sea area belongs to both countries.
“It’s very strange that the Russian special services spotted a threat from a search and rescue vessel – an unarmed vessel. “In general, the Sea of Azov is a common water area, we are there legally,” said Al. Reznikov.
“On December 9, at 09:12, the ship” Donbass “of the Ukrainian Navy left the port of Mariupol and moved in the direction of the Kerch Strait. “The Ukrainian side did not request to cross the Kerch-Jelensky canal,” the FSB said in a statement.
According to the same source, at 1:45 pm, the ship of the FSB border guard warned the “Donbass” that an application must be submitted in accordance with Russian law in order to cross the strait. In response, the Ukrainian ship claimed it had no plans to cross.
“Donbass” is currently 18 nautical miles from the Kerch Strait and does not comply with rerouting orders. “These actions pose a threat to the safety of navigation,” the FSB said in a statement.
According to the MarineTraffic ship monitoring service, there are currently more than 80 civilian ships in the Kerch Strait.
The situation in southeastern Ukraine looks like genocide, he said Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Presidential Human Rights Council.
“I have to talk about Russophobia, which is the first step towards genocide. What is happening now in Donbass, we see and know very well. Of course, it is very reminiscent of the genocide you said. Do not underestimate these concepts. They must reflect the reality of today’s events. “Let’s think about it,” said the Russian president.