Russia fires at Ukrainian ships and captures three vessels off Crimea


12 pointer
Jul 13, 2003
Louisville, KY.
Russia has had a treaty with Ukraine for 500 years for this port. Russia builds a bridge that goes right into Russia and Ukraine has threatened to blow it up. Ukraine sends in gun ships and does not respond to standard requests--headed toward bridge. Russia disables the ships and captures. Now Ukraine declares martial law and suspends their national election (who the current president was projected to lose--just a coincidence, I'm sure).

Now Ukraine wants NATO to respond militarily to Russia--for the crap they've created. Nice try, NWO.

Your MSM telling you the score? LOL


Russia fires at Ukrainian ships and captures three vessels off Crimea

The Ukrainian president calls an emergency session of his war cabinet after three sailors are injured in the strikes.

13:15, UK, Monday 26 November 2018


Video: A Russian coast guard ship rammed a Ukrainian tug in the Black Sea amid rising tensions in the region.
By David Mercer, news reporter

Russia has opened fire on Ukrainian ships and captured three vessels in a major escalation of tensions off the coast of Crimea.

Three sailors have been wounded after the Ukrainian navy said two artillery boats were hit by the strikes in the Black Sea.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko called an emergency session of his war cabinet and has asked parliament to vote on whether to impose martial law on the country for 60 days.

Throwing his weight behind the measure, which is not guaranteed to pass, he said it "in no way means that Ukraine will carry out any offensive actions".

"I want to emphasise separately that we have all irrefutable evidence that this aggression, this attack on the Ukrainian Navy's warships was not a mistake, not an accident, but a deliberate action," he added.

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Image: A Russian cargo ship earlier blocked Ukraine's boats from entering the Sea of Azov
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said it used weapons after the Ukrainian ships ignored demands to stop and that it impounded three vessels which had illegally crossed the border.

The three injured sailors are receiving medical treatment and their lives are not in danger, the FSB said.

Ukraine's ambassador to the UK said Russian special forces had captured two armoured artillery boats and a tugboat in an "act of aggression".


Image: Russian jet fighters fly over a bridge connecting Russia with the Crimean peninsula
"Today's dangerous events in the Azov Sea testify that a new front of Russian aggression is open," Ukrainian foreign ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa said.

"Ukraine is calling now for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council."

The FSB claimed it had "irrefutable evidence that Kiev prepared and orchestrated provocations... in the Black Sea".

"These materials will soon be made public," it added.

Earlier on Sunday, Ukraine accused a Russian coastguard vessel, named the Don, of ramming one of its tugboats, damaging its engine, hull and side railing.

Ukraine's minister of internal affairs posted footage on Twitter purportedly showing the incident.

It allegedly took place as three Ukrainian navy boats - including two small warships - headed for the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov, an area of heightened tensions between the countries.

Russia - which claims the waters off Crimea after annexing the peninsula in 2014 - accused Ukraine of illegally entering the area and deliberately provoking a conflict.

It placed a huge cargo ship beneath the Russian-controlled Kerch Strait Bridge to block Ukrainian boats from access to the sea.

"Their goal is clear - to create a conflict situation in the region," the FSB said in a statement.


Image: Ukraine's navy released an image showing a Russian border guard vessel trying to stop its tugboat
The Ukrainian navy insisted Russia had been informed in advance about the planned journey.

"Russian coastguard vessels… carried out openly aggressive actions against Ukrainian navy ships," it said.

The European Union called on Russia and Ukraine to "act with utmost restraint to de-escalate" the situation in the Black Sea.

It urged Russia to "restore freedom of passage" through the Kerch Strait after Moscow blockaded it.
NATO also demanded Russia ensures "unhindered access to Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea, in accordance with international law".

A 2003 treaty designates the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov as shared territorial waters but Russia has been asserting greater control over the area since 2015.

In September, the Ukrainian navy accused Russian border guards of "acts of provocation" against its ships taking the same route.

Ukraine has increased the number of navy ships and border guard patrols in the Sea of Azov, which is reached via the Kerch Strait between Crimea and Russia.

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