has confirmed its vessels have used weapons to stop Ukrainian vessels
that had entered Russian waters in the Black Sea illegally. Three
Ukrainian sailors were wounded and have been given medical
has fired at a group of three Ukrainian vessels that entered its
territorial waters near Crimea, the Russian Security Service (FSB)
has confirmed. The ships have been now been seized.
Ukrainian sailors, injured in the altercation, were given medical
assistance by Russian servicemen. Their lives are out of danger.
Navy ships the ‘Berdiansk’, the ‘Nikopol’ and the ‘Yany
Kapu’ with their crews have been detained for violating Russian
territorial waters, the FSB said in a statement Sunday. They were
demands to stop" and "performing
dangerous maneuvers," and
the Russian warships had to open fire to force them to stop.
criminal investigation has been launched into the suspected violation
of the Russian state border.
FSB is pointing out that Ukrainian authorities are aware of the
procedure that regulates the passage of the military ships through
Russian territorial waters.
sides have been accusing each other of violating the
UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Kiev argues that it had notified
the Russian side in advance of its plan to sail from the Ukrainian
Black Sea resort of Odessa to Mariupol, a port on the north coast of
the Sea of Azov, a claim that the Russian coastguard denies.
route goes through the Kerch strait, which separates Crimea from
has called a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council
[NSDC] to discuss imposing martial law, chairman Oleksandr Turchynov
has urged both parties to show restraint. NATO spokesperson Oana
Lungescu said in a statement that NATO has been “closely
monitoring developments in the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait,” while
voicing support to Ukraine.
fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity,
including its navigation rights in its territorial waters,”the