The conflict in the Kerch Strait for the first time commented on Russian President Vladimir Putin. He argued that this alleged “provocation of the Ukrainian authorities” related to the approaching presidential elections of 2019:
“This is a provocation, of course. Provocation organized by the current government, I think that the current President, on the eve of presidential elections in Ukraine in March of next year. So you need something to do to aggravate the situation and create insurmountable obstacles for competitors, especially from the opposition,” Putin said.
He added that the rating of the incumbent President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko “low and he has a chance to get to the second round of the elections.”
“We provided the pilot and calmly held them at the destination – the sea of Azov. What happened now? Or did not respond to requests border services, has entered our territorial waters. In our waters, which was such even before the annexation of Crimea to Russia! That is, in the place where they were our now. The offer to take the pilot even after the breach of the border was silent. Military vessels have invaded our waters, and did not answer. And how were supposed to act guards? If we had acted otherwise, they should be prosecuted!”, he added.
As you know, November 25 Ukrainian ships and offshore tow of planning left the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol. During this mission, the Russian ship rammed a Ukrainian tug and damaged it.
Subsequently, the Russian ships fired on and seized Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait. According to recent reports, six Ukrainian sailors were injured. FSB of Russia has confirmed the shelling and the detention of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait. Only three vessels were 24 of the Ukrainian military, two of them employees of the SBU.
Watch: Putin on the “Kerch crisis”
We will remind, Russia is moving into the territory illegally annexed Ukrainian Crimea anti-ship coastal missile complexes “Ball”. As reported by “Know.ia”, crime Putin in the Kerch Strait was mapped. “Know.ia”, captured by the FSB, the Ukrainian sailor was handed a note to the families.
Dave Zakarian has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Koz Post, Dave Zakarian worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.