The Ukrainian ship was fired on in international waters – Bellingcat

Украинский корабль обстреляли в нейтральных водах - Bellingcat

The consequences of the attack on Berdyansk

Investigators group analyzed the records of intercepted radio negotiations of the Russian border guards, videos, and information with the FSB.

The Russian frontier guards used the weapon on defeat against the Ukrainian artillery boats Berdyansk in international waters, not in the “territorial sea” of Russia, according to the FSB, said the investigation group Bellingcat.

This is the conclusion of the investigative group came analyzing the records of intercepted radio negotiations of the Russian border guards, videos, and information with the FSB.

The day of the incident, November 25, after 18:00 local time Ukrainian ships tried to leave the Kerch Strait and return to the port of Odessa. But they were pursued and intercepted by using weapons.

Russia argues that these clashes occurred in its territorial waters. The FSB published a diagram of the sequence of events of the day, including a number of geographical positions.

The Russians emphasize that the initial interception and warning shots and finally shots to kill in Berdyansk, occurred in the “territorial waters of Russia”. It does not coincide with the location data that they have published.

In particular, the most serious incident – shooting Berdyansk – took place at the point 44 ° to 51.3’N, 36 ° to 23.4 E.

Украинский корабль обстреляли в нейтральных водах - Bellingcat

However, the data of the FSB, if they are correct, show that the Berdyansk was at a distance of 22,72 km from the coast annexed the Crimea and more than 500 m beyond the territorial waters, which Russia considers its own, when it opened fire.

Украинский корабль обстреляли в нейтральных водах - Bellingcat

In addition, the international distress signal strafed the ship published Liga.net indicates the coordinates of N 44 ° 51 ’00’ ‘, E 36 ° 23’ 04 “. This place is beyond 12 nautical miles and therefore in international waters.

As for the details of the confrontation, the statements of the countries do not contradict each other, but their positions relative to the line of the territorial waters. Both parties say that Russian troops fired Berdyansk, capturing it and tug Kapu Yana soon after that.

We will remind that on 25 November, the Russian special forces seized three Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait. The attack was delayed 24 Ukrainian sailor, three of whom were injured. Later, they were all under arrest on suspicion in illegal crossing of the state border of Russia.
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