The Ukrainian Navy will continue to pass through the Kerch Strait – Poltorak

ВМС Украины продолжат проходить через Керченский пролив - Полторак

Ukraine is not going to give up the right to pass through the Kerch Strait and the right to be present in the Azov sea.

Ukrainian naval forces are not going to abandon use of the Kerch Strait and the right to be present in the Azov sea. This was stated by the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak on air of one of TV channels, reports UNN.

“According to Maritime conventions and all international law, warships are generally not screened. Here Russia once again violated Maritime Convention. We have not violated any one point to any Treaty, we acted exactly the same way as before. But we will not give up our right to pass through the Kerch Strait and our right to be present in the sea of Azov”, – said Poltorak.

On specifying question, whether now transition, the defense Minister said: “today one does not go anywhere, but we will not stop the rotation, strengthening our capabilities”.

“When we’re ready to host next hop for rotation of our units, we will implement the same passages with the implementation of all international norms and rights. By this time, I think international pressure on Russia will let them know that they’re not fulfilling international obligations,” he said.

Thus Poltorak explained that could mean the refusal of Ukraine from further attempts passage through the Kerch Strait.

“If today we refuse passage across the Kerch Strait, it will mean that Russia fully occupied… and we just lost another territory”, – said the head of the defense Ministry.

We will remind, on November 25 near the Kerch bridge, the Russian special forces seized three Ukrainian ships. As a result, were wounded six Ukrainian soldiers.

The foreign Ministry of Ukraine said that Russia started the war against Ukraine in international waters.

Russia calls Ukraine’s actions in the Kerch Strait “provocative”. The Russian foreign Ministry handed a protest note to the chargé d’affaires of Ukraine.

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