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The US warship disregarded the Russian warning and collided with the Russian ship passing through the Kerch Strait.

The U.S. warship disregarded the Russian warning and collided with the Russian ship passing through the Kerch Strait.

Original title: Ukrainian warships, despite Russia’s warning to cross the Kerch Strait , the Russian ship collided with it

The Crimean Frontier Bureau (FSB) of Russia announced on the 25th that three Ukrainian warships crossed the border and entered the Kerch Strait between Crimea and the Russian mainland.

According to reports from the Russian Satellite News Agency, the FSB claimed to have adopted "all necessary security measures" for Ukrainian warships, and also announced photos of several large Russian patrol ships "escorting" Ukrainian ships on the sea. 

The purpose of these provocative actions by the Ukrainian Navy is to create conflict situations in the region," the FSB statement said.

Reuters reported on the 25th that the Ukrainian navy said that they sent two small warships and a tugboat from Odessa port to Mariupol in the eastern Ukrainian city. The journey required them to enter the Azov from the Black Sea through the Kerch Strait. sea.

The Ukrainian military said in a statement that Russian border ships had tried to stop the fleet by hitting the tugboat and caused minor damage.

However, the Russian media said that the FSB accused Ukraine of not giving them the relevant itinerary in advance, and the Ukrainian side denied it and said that the fleet will continue its journey no matter what.

The incident once again reflected the tension between Russia and Ukraine around Crimea.

According to the Tass news agency on the 23rd, the Ukrainian government said on the same day that the Ukrainian military held a military exercise on the coast of the Azov Sea. The exercise was to shell the amphibious landing ship of the imaginary enemy and protect the relevant coast. Although it is a relatively small military exercise, it happens in a special period and it is unusual. 

On the 23rd, Russian President Vladimir Putin just arrived in the Crimean Peninsula and held relevant visits and meetings. The Azov Sea and the Crimean Peninsula are close at hand, and it is difficult for the outside world to visit the exercise with Putin. Connected.

In March 2014, the Crimean parliament announced its independence from Ukraine and joined Russia, but it was not recognized by Ukraine. Since then, Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shipping harassment in the area. According to previous media reports, the Kerch Strait is the only channel connecting the Black Sea and the Azov Sea, and has a very important strategic position. Each year, there are about 9,000 ships passing through this strait. 

Ukrainian warships despite Russias warning to cross the Kerch Strait the Russian ship collided with it.


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