Contents tagged with Kerch Strait

  • Ukraine and NATO consider possibility of joint operations in the Black Sea

    At the meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission, Kyiv intends to discuss new decisions regarding the cooperation on the security of the Black Sea, including the possibility of a joint presence in the Black Sea, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Monday.

    "We must find new solutions in the context of cooperation regarding the Black Sea security. It may be a joint presence. We are talking about such a presence. It may be other measures as well. Today, a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO …

  • NATO countries to demand the release of Ukrainian sailors from Russia through own channels

    The main results of the Ukraine-NATO Commission meeting, convened on an emergency basis at the Kyiv’s request are the release of Ukrainian warships’ crew members, the requirement to unblock sea traffic through the Kerch Strait and the achievement of de-escalation of tensions, reports Radio Liberty.

    "Ukraine presented all the evidence of Russia's aggression in the Kerch Strait, and everyone in the NATO understood what is happening. It has been decided to demand the release of all the sailors, …

  • EU working on ‘more extensive’ response to Russia’s aggression in Kerch Strait

    The situation surrounding the seizure of Ukrainian military vessels in the Kerch Strait and the wounding of sailors is completely unacceptable, and the EU is working on a “more extensive” international response to Russia’s aggression in the Kerch Strait. A statement to this effect was made today by Maja Kocijančič, official spokesperson of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.

    “We demand that Russia immediately release the ships and the personnel on board who are in …

  • Ukraine institutes martial law

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has introduced martial law in several regions of Ukraine. 276 of Ukrainian lawmakers supported the bill prepared by the Ukrainian President.

    Martial law is introduced for 30 days from November 28 to December 27.

    The special status is introduced in 10 regions of Ukraine, which border the Russian Federation: Vinnytsia region, Luhansk region, Mykolaiv region, Odessa region, Sumy region, Kharkov region, Chernihiv region, Kherson region and of the internal waters of …

  • Ukrainian President calls on militarily reservists 'to be ready'

    The Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko announced that the preparatory work will begin with those who are in the First Military reserve.

    “The decision does not mean immediate mobilization, but the appropriate work will be carried out with those who are in the First Reserve. I appeal to you, respected veterans, be ready. We must as quickly as possible take all the necessary measures to protect our nation,” said Poroshenko at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on Sunday. …

  • President Poroshenko and National Security and Defense Council agree to impose martial law in Ukraine

    The NSDC and the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko supported at an emergency meeting introducing Martial law in the country for 60 days. According to Ukrainian media, all participants spoke in favor of this decision, including the head of government, Volodymyr Groysman.

    Poroshenko himself said that he would introduce martial law for the Verkhovna Rada to consider, and it will make the final decision. At the same time, the Ukrainian president made assurances that Ukraine will not start an …

  • NATO promises Ukraine unconditional support in the crisis in the Kerch Strait

    NATO issued a statement giving unconditional support to Ukraine in the deteriorating situation in the Azov Sea and Russian actions in the Kerch Strait, said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu in a commentary for Evropeyska Pravda.

    Lungescu stressed that NATO is closely monitoring developments in the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait. “We are in contact with the Ukrainian authorities. We call for restraint and de-escalation.”

    "NATO fully supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, …

  • Russia seizes three Ukrainian Navy ships in the Kerch Strait

    Russia attacked a group of Ukrainian ships which were heading to the port of Mariupol through the Kerch Strait. According to the press service of the Ukrainian Navy, two Ukrainian servicemen were injured as a result of the attack.

    "According to the latest reports, small armored artillery boats Berdiansk and Nikopol came under the enemy fire and have stalled. The Yana Kapu tug boat was also forced to stop. The ships were captured by special forces of the Russian Federation. There is also …

  • Russian border guard ship rams into Ukrainian Navy tug boat in Kerch Strait

    On the morning of November 25, a Russian ship rammed into the tug boat Yana Kapu belonging to the Ukrainian Navy, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Navy.

    According to the press service, two Ukrainian small armored boats Berdyansk and Nikopol, accompanied by the tug boat, carried out a planned transition from the port of Odessa to Mariupol. Russia was informed about the ships voyage beforehand.

    “However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the sea and the Ukrainian-Russian …

  • Expert: Ukraine capable of repelling Russian attack in Azov Sea

    Ukraine is not ready for a full-scale military encounter with Russia, but is capable of repelling an attack by sea, as was demonstrated in the recent military exercises, analyst Nikolai Beleskov from the Institute of World Politics told Radio Krym.Realii in an interview.

    According to him, the situation in the Kerch Strait started to deteriorate in April 2018, but “significant information work has not been carried out”.

    “We did not raise the alarm, did not say, did not speak, because, to a …