Ukraine accuses Russian Federation of blockading Kerch Strait

Ukraine accuses Russian Federation of blockading Kerch Strait

Foreign ministers from the 28 European Union countries are expected to announce the latest measures when they meet in Brussels on December 10 after a call for action from Kiev, diplomatic sources told The Epoch Times, on condition of anonymity. Kiev has since then constantly urged Moscow to release the captured sailors.

"When we're ready to conduct the next hop for the rotation of our units, we will make the same passages with the implementation of all worldwide norms and rights".

Ukraine is accusing Russian Federation of keeping up the blockade of the Kerch Strait that links the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov. The ships were seized while 24 crew members were arrested. Twenty-four sailors were detained and "courts" in Russian-occupied Crimea ruled that they be detained for two months, pending trial.

Three of them are undergoing treatment for injuries.

Some units were transferred from Russia's far east to the Ukrainian border in September during Vostok-2018, Russia's biggest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union. Ukraine has introduced martial law in border and coastal areas for 30 days following the incident.

The White House had earlier cancelled a planned meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during the Group of 20 summit last weekend due to Russia's confrontation with Ukraine.

An inspection of the Ukrainian ships revealed that there were more weapons and ammunition than allowed, it added.

"It showed a qualitative transition in the situation of Ukraine-Russia relations after the annexation of Crimea and the prolonged hybrid military conflict in Donbas", director of the Institute for Strategic Studies "New Ukraine" Andriy Yermolayev said at a press conference on Thursday hosted by the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

"There's an impression that the groundwork is being laid for the destruction of this document too", he said.

Moscow and Washington are mutually accusing each other of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has said it has boosted its presence in the region in response to what it described as Russia's aggressive actions and CNN reported earlier this week that the United States was preparing to send a warship to the Black Sea.

"These are very arrogant, super-power-like policies".

"For instance, there is a directive regarding the state border between the United States and Mexico to shoot to kill anyone attempting to cross it illegally", he said.

Related Articles