Contents tagged with Kerch Strait

  • Merkel urges Putin to release detained Ukrainian sailors

    The press secretary of the federal government Steffen Seibert stated that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel conducted a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    According to the message, the two sides discussed the situation in the Kerch Strait. During the conversation, Merkel urged the Russian president to release the detained  Ukrainian sailors and to ensure the passage of ships through the Kerch Strait. The parties also discussed gas transit from Russia through …

  • Ukrainians detained in Russia will receive $200 monthly

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree that pays $200 every month to Ukrainians detained in Russia. The amount of payment will be counted based on triple subsistence level. The payment scheme is named after the Ukrainian dissident, fighter against Russian language in Ukraine Levko Lukyanenko.

    The right to receive such payments will be given to “Ukrainian citizens who are illegally detained by Russia.” 

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister to discuss the Azov Sea crisis with the EU Council

    On December 10, 2018, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will attend a working meeting in Brussels, during which he will discuss with the Foreign Ministers of the EU countries the escalation of the situation in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, RBC-Ukraine reported, citing the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    The possible escalation of the Kerch Strait situation has been added to the EU Council’s meeting agenda on foreign affairs. Klimkin will visit Brussels at the …

  • Russia changes its explanation of attack on Ukrainian ships in Kerch Strait

    Russia closed the Kerch Strait before the attack on the Ukrainian ships in order to “the prevent provocative actions” which could been directed at the Kerch Bridge, stated Alexei Volsky, the Head of the Coast Guard Department of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “It is related to the prevention of provocative action that could be committed by the Ukrainian Navy ships near the Kerch Bridge and undermine the safety of navigation in the Kerch–Yenikale canal,” …

  • Russia refuses to recognize captured Ukrainian sailors as prisoners of war

    On Saturday, the Head of the Russian Investigative Department of the FSB, Mikhail Shishov stated at a broadcasted briefing that Russia would not recognize the Ukrainian sailors detained on November 25 in the Kerch Strait as prisoners of war.

    “The Ukrainians are trying to present their soldiers as prisoners of war, but these Ukrainian citizens were accused of a criminal offense. In accordance with the Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War, signed at Geneva on August 12, 1949, they …

  • Ukrainian President urges the US and EU to ban Russian ships from entering their ports

    The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged the EU and the US to prohibit Russian vessels from entering European and American ports.

    In an interview with Fox News, he stated that this should be the response to Russia’s actions in the Black and Azov seas, which he labeled as “aggression.” According to Poroshenko, Russia continues to block the Azov sea, for ships of the European Union as well.

    The Ukrainian President once again urged NATO to send ships to the Black Sea, and for the West to …

  • Lithuania expands sanctions against Russia for aggression in the Kerch Strait

    Lithuania expanded “the blacklist” of Russian citizens in connection with the incident in the Kerch Strait.

    The country’s Migration Department has added twenty people to the “black list”, reports the news agency BNS.

    Earlier the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry proposed the introduction of restrictive measures against those responsible for aggression in the Kerch Strait. The Ministry stated that Russia’s actions grossly violated international law and represented a threat to international security. …

  • Russian Foreign Minister denies the possible release of Ukrainian sailors before a court sentence

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that the Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait won’t be released until they receive a court sentence.

    “There will be a trial after the investigation. As soon as it is over, we can talk about how to facilitate their fate or agree on some specific steps. But this will be done after the trial is completed,” Lavrov said, as quoted by TASS.

    The Russian minister repeated that the Ukrainian servicemen are accused of illegal invasion of …

  • Ukrainian Parliament supports termination of Friendship treaty with Russia

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted for the termination of the Friendship Treaty with Russia. The draft law that was submitted to Parliament by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was supported by 277 deputies while 20 opposed. The treaty will be terminated on April 1, 2019, not immediately, according to the terms set for unilateral withdrawal from the treaty.

    Poroshenko stressed earlier that the matter was not about the termination of the agreement but that Kyiv refuses to extend it. …

  • Volker: Russian ships may be banned access to European ports

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker demands that Russia release the Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait at the end of November before Christmas or New Year.

    During an interview with the Voice of America,  Volker explained that the US and its western allies are considering a number of ways to prevent new instances of Russia’s “unilateral control” of the shared waters of the Sea of Azov.

    “We do not accept or agree to the annexation of Crimea claimed by Russia,” he said, …