Russia: Thriller with Ukrainian Ship in the Black Sea – Heading to the Kerch Strait

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The relationship between Russia and Ukraine is extremely tense, with another thriller, this time in the Black Sea, being added to the many episodes lately.

In the Black Sea, the Ukrainian Navy ship “Donbass” is sailing to the Kerch Strait and does not comply with the orders to change course, according to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB).

Moscow’s claim was prompted by Kiev’s response, as Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznov said the ship was legally in the Sea of ​​Azov, where “the 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,” Reznikov said.

“On December 9, at 09:12, the Ukrainian Navy ship” Donbass “left the port of Mariupol and moved in the direction of the Kerch Strait. “The Ukrainian side did not submit a request to cross the Kerch-Jelensky canal,” the FSB said in a statement.

According to the same source and as reported by ERT, at 1:45 pm, the ship of the FSB Border Guard warned “Donbas” that it must submit an application in accordance with Russian laws, in order to cross the strait. In response, the Ukrainian ship claimed it had no plans to cross.

At present, “Donbass” is located 18 nautical miles from the Kerch Strait and does not comply with the orders to change course. These actions pose a threat to the safety of navigation, according to a statement from the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.

Putin: Russophobia is the first step towards genocide

At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that residents of eastern Ukraine, a war zone at the center of new tensions between the West and Moscow, are suffering from “Russophobia”, which is “a first step towards genocide”. .

“I must speak of Russophobia as a first step towards genocide. This is happening right now in Donbass (s.s. eastern Ukraine), we see it, we know it. “And that certainly resembles the genocide you talked about,” the Russian leader told a reporter.

According to the APE-MPE, this statement was made during the meeting of the Presidential Council for Human Rights.

President Putin was responding to Russian-Ukrainian Kirill Vyshinsky, who had asked him to introduce the concepts of “genocide” and “incitement to genocide” into Russian law. The journalist, who was imprisoned in Ukraine in 2018 and 2019, said that “Russian-speakers and members of the Russian people” in Donbas live under “unbearable living conditions” and compared the situation in the region with the crimes committed in the Holocaust.

For the past seven years, the Donbass region has been the scene of clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces. At least 13,000 people have been killed and the political settlement of the issue, as provided for in the 2015 Minsk agreements, is at an impasse.

Russia is considered the main military and financial backer of the rebels, although it denies it. Moscow and the Russian state media often accuse Kiev of inciting the war by pursuing a policy of discrimination against Russian-speakers, despite denials by Ukrainian authorities.

In 2015, See Putin had said that Kiev’s refusal to supply gas to separatist areas could be seen as “genocide.” Four years later, he argued that the recapture of these territories by Kiev could lead to a situation similar to the 1995 Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia.

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