Translated by Scott Humor
At 07.10 AM on 25th of November this year, notwithstanding the warnings on the closure of the area of territorial waters of the Russian Federation approaching the Kerch Strait from the direction of the Black Sea, the vessels of the Ukrainian Navy (small armored artillery river boats “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol” and the tug boat “Yana Kapu”) crossed the state border of the Russian Federation in the location with coordinates: Latitude 44° 52′, 7 SH, Longitude 36° 31′, 3 VD (Ш=44° 52′, 7 СШ, Д=36° 31′, 3 ВД) and entered the area temporarily closed to navigation in violation of the requirements of The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS) and the Law of the Russian Federation of 1 April 1993 No. 4730-I “On the State Border of the Russian Federation.”
Reference to the quoted articles of law:
Articles 21 and 22, Sea lanes and traffic separation schemes in the territorial sea
- The coastal State may, where necessary having regard to the safety of navigation, require foreign ships exercising the right of innocent passage through its territorial sea to use such sea lanes and traffic separation schemes as it may designate or prescribe for the regulation of the passage of ships;
Article 13 of the Federal law “On Internal Sea Waters, Territorial Sea and Adjacent Zone of the Russian Federation” foreign ships, foreign warships, exercising the right of peaceful passage through the territorial sea, must comply with the legislation of the Russian Federation and the rules relating to the peaceful passage through the territorial sea, in respect of:
safety of navigation and regulation of ship traffic, including the use of sea corridors and traffic separation schemes.
After crossing the state border of the Russian Federation, the Ukrainian Navy ships proceeded to the Kerch-Yenikalsky channel in violation of the licensing procedure established by the order of the Ministry of transport of Russia dated October 21, 2015 № 313 “On Approval of Mandatory Regulations in the Seaport of Kerch”.
During the pursuit of the Ukrainian Navy vessels, the requirement to immediately leave the territorial waters of the Russian Federation were repeatedly delivered to the crews by radio in accordance with Article 30 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982. Despite all the measures taken by the Russian side, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy were brought into full combat readiness: artillery installations were uncovered, the trunks of artillery installations were raised to an angle of 45 degrees and directed towards the ships and boats of the Russian Federation (in violation of article 19 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982, and paragraph 2 of article 11 of FL-155 of July 31, 1998 “On Internal Sea Waters, Territorial Waters and the Adjacent Zone of the Russian Federation”). The Russian side brought to the attention of the Ukrainian Navy ships while in the territorial waters of the Russian Federation that the threat of weapon use will be regarded as a violation of the rules of peaceful passage in accordance with international law and the legislation of the Russian Federation.
The detained military vessels of the Ukrainian Navy were armed with the following types of weapons and ammunition:
- 30 mm gun – 4 units.
- Automatic grenade launcher AGS -17 – 4 units.
- Machine gun “DShK” 12.7 mm – 2 units.
- Machine gun PKT 7.62 mm – 4 units.
- Automatic AK-47 5.45 mm – 13 units.
- Gun PM 9mm – 4 units.
- Traumatic gun 9mm -1 unit.
- Signal pistol PS – 1 unit.
- High-explosive fragmentation projectile 30 mm – 765 units. + (32 zinc containers, unnumbered, establishing the correct number is not yet possible)
- VOG-17 High Explosive Grenade – 1975 units.
- VOG grenade -495 units.
- RGD-5 grenade – 40 units.
- Grenade RG-42 – 48 units.
- Grenade RGD – 20 units.
- UZRGM-2 fuze – 30 units.
- Fuse RG-42 – 38 units.
- 30 mm signal cartridge – 87 units.
- Cartridges 7,62 mm – 9865 units.
- Cartridges 5,45 mm – 11736 units.
- Cartridges 9 mm – 1189 units.
- Cartridges 12,7 mm – 612 units.
- Bayonet-knife – 15 units.
- AK-74 magazine – 42 units.
- PM magazine – 4 units.
(Cannon 30 mm AGS-17 and PKT is 1 the gun mount, there are 4 cannons, two on each boat.).
The inspection of the detained Ukrainian military boat “Nikopol” discovered a document titled: “A Checklist of Readiness of the boat “Nikopol” for the sea deployment from 9.00 to 18.00 from 23.11.2018 to 25.11.2018 of the current year” in which a senior of the group of ships was given a direct order to make the transition from Odessa to Berdyansk in the “covert order” while “focusing on ensuring a stealth approach to the Kerch-Yenikalsky channel and passing through it.”
Besides, on the same boat was found a hand-written summary of the rules of navigation established by the Russian Federation for the Kerch-Yenikalsky channel, from which follows that the Ukrainian seamen were well informed on the order of its passing.
[while “focusing on ensuring a stealth approach to the Kerch-Yenikalsky channel and passing through it.”]
too funny – ridiculous actually.
Trump May Not Have Meeting With Putin at G20 Over Kerch Strait Incident
“US President Donald Trump said he might cancel his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at G20 gathering in Argentina following the Russia-Ukraine naval incident in the Kerch Strait.
Trump said in an interview with the Washington Post that he was awaiting a “full report” from his national security team Tuesday evening about the Kerch Strait incident.
“Maybe I won’t have the meeting. Maybe I won’t even have the meeting,” Trump told the outlet.”
No doubt Putin will be heartbroken. /sar.
Yup, the ukronazi toy boat caper is part of the next step in ratcheting up hostility to Russia by zionazia.
That would be an empty talking anyway . What’s the purpose talking with a president who doesn’t have any authority ?
Pro-Israel lobby Influence on US Congress — http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50577.htm
And that ““full report” from his national security team ” will be twisted and upside down.
The FSB Statement is flawed, btw, it doesn’t mention the 4th ukrainian ship in the fleet. Their flagship:
I suspect the Ukaraine will argue that the licensing procedure unilaterally established by the order of the Ministry of transport of Russia dated October 21, 2015 № 313 “On Approval of Mandatory Regulations in the Seaport of Kerch” was not permitted by the 2004 agreement unless mutually agreed to and as such the order to leave waters which they were entitled to have free passage to by legal agreement was invalid
Since it was not unexpected Russia would try to stop them could resort to force should the Ukraine boats exercise their rights to free passage using stealth and being armed and preparing to defend themselves is not an offense.
Likewise being aware of unlawfully imposed regulations does not mean much.
Just playing Devils Advocate here, if I was Russia I would argue the 2004 agreement null and void unless Crimea is recognized and agrees to a new agreement concerning their waters and rights of passage in both Ukraine and Russian waters
So both sides are trying to get something neither is entirely deserving of having
Your guys don’t seem to have a problem with Turkey exercising control to the Black Sea.
The first “fruits” of martial law in Ukraine
Military Review – News
The owner of FC “Lion”: It is difficult for us to find a plane that would fly to Ukraine
In 10 Ukrainian regions, martial law imposed by Poroshenko did not come into force de jure, and
the first “swallows” of this entry have already arrived on Ukrainian soil. And flew in, from where
Kiev did not expect. European air carriers stated that in connection with the introduction of martial
law on the territory of Ukraine, they are forced to radically reconsider the air traffic regime with this
The situation is told by the Ukrainian media, reporting and the accompanying nuances of this decision.
The nuances are connected with the fact that international-level football matches that are scheduled
to take place on Ukrainian territory are becoming suspended in the air.
The UNIAN Information Service cites a statement by Jean-Michel Olas, owner of the “Lyon” (France)
football club: ” The decision was made to postpone the “Arsenal” match in London. We do not know
whether we will fly to “Shakhtar”, taking into account the political situation. It’s difficult for us find a
plane whose owners would send him there. Now the decision is made at the UEFA level. ”
Earlier it became known that the match between “Arsenal” (London) and Poltava “Vorskla” in the
Europa League was decided to be moved from the Poltava stadium to Kiev. It is noteworthy that the
Poltava region by the Verkhovna Rada was not included in the zone of introduction of the EaP.
At the same time, the possibility of transferring the match outside Ukraine was also discussed due to
the fact that martial law is beginning to operate in a number of regions of the country.
Conducting two more international matches in Ukraine is open to question.
Recall that the martial law provides, among other things, the closure of airspace. European air
carriers, apparently, are wary of how Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile systems move along the streets
of Ukrainian cities. Do they really not believe Poroshenko’s words that “ the Ukrainian Armed Forces
did not bring down the Malaysian “Boeing” over the Donbas in 2014 ”? ..
This seems to be a bit more than is a fair thing. Why would Ukrainian ships captain risk his boat and those for whom he is responsible? What was the role of Intel bods? Do Intel people have authority over a captain on his own vessel? No he is support only. We’re the friends and family of captain threatens. If so Ukraine is not eligible for EU membership. Is this mistake too far?
Short overview as it looks from my current perch: Piggy Poro will go down in history…, way down, that’s for sure.
1. The British, most directly, and then the US Brennan-Hayden (ok, he is no longer operational) CIA-Deep State are launching myriad ops to wedge Trump in (Khashoggi, current CentCom terror ops in Syria, and Ukraine now). If the Trump-Putin meeting a G20 falls through, it would not necessarily be a definitive signal; if it does not fall through, that would be a definitive signal. Yes, MI-6 and the US cohorts are anxious about the “declassification” of FISA and other documents, both because of Russiagate as well as the definitive disenfranchisment it entails. That makes the timing of Piggy’s Kerch fiasco important.
2. At the moment, the European or NATO response is not what the British or CIA expected or wanted.
a. Yesterday Ursula von der Leyen, German Defense Minster, spoke at a security confrence covered by Sputnik (German): “Russia has Europe in check” was the headline, “check” as in chess, which in a chess game sometimes means not just a single check, but chasing the opponent with “checks” over the board until finally declaring “checkmate.”
b. https://www.kyivpost.com/article/opinion/op-ed/jack-laurenson-in-this-dark-hour-where-are-ukraines-allies.html?cn-reloaded=1 In this dark hour, where are Ukraine’s allies?, “The Kremlin wants to know how much it can get away with. If the response so far, in the last day or so, is a measure of that, then Moscow will likely feel emboldened to push even further. There is still time for NATO and the West to respond, but the question on everyone’s lips is how and whether the political will and strength to do so exists.” The end: “At Ukrainian Week in London this October, Ukrainian and British officials all agreed that a safe and secure Ukraine is necessary for the safety and security of Europe. The time for talk from Ukraine’s so-called allies is long over. It’s time to act.” — The article is otherwise full of juicy nonsense: I highly recommend it.
c. https://www.politico.eu/article/ukraine-russia-putin-is-in-control/ ‘Putin is in control’ Europe stands by as Russian president goes after Ukraine. “BERLIN — Chalk another one up for Vlad.” “To be perfectly honest, we don’t have many options,” a senior European official said. “We don’t want to risk war, but Putin is already waging one. That makes us look weak.” Given Europe’s dearth of options, its leaders revert to hackneyed pronouncements about the importance of dialogue and, as German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas put it, “de-escalation on both sides.”
d. https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/27/ukraines-new-front-is-europes-big-challenge/ Ukraine’s New Front Is Europe’s Big Challenge — There’s plenty Europe should do to push back against Russia’s latest attack on Ukraine.
There’s plenty Europe should do to push back against Russia’s latest attack on Ukraine. By Carl Bildt, Nicu Popescu. — Juicy nonsense galore, a plea sent into the winds.
e. http://time.com/5463988/russia-ukraine-trump-putin-g20/?utm_source=RC+Defense+Morning+Recon&utm_campaign=1f01df16ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_27_07_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_694f73a8dc-1f01df16ac-85033789 President Trump Could Help Stop a War Between Russia and Ukraine — But Only If He Will Stand Up to Putin — Admiral Stavridis (Ret.) was the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and is an Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group. ”
f. https://www.afpc.org/publications/articles/why-is-the-sea-of-azov-so-important — Atlantidc Council — Stephen Blank — Why Is the Sea of Azov So Important? “Moreover, even a casual examination of Russian actions reveals the deep and continuing parallels with China’s equally illegitimate actions in the South and East China Sea. In the Asian case, the United States has mounted and continues to stage numerous Freedom of Navigation Operations to demonstrate to China that it will uphold the time-honored principle of the freedom of the seas. This principle is no less at stake in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Ideally, NATO, at Kyiv’s invitation, should send a fleet to Mariupol to shatter the pretense of Russian sovereignty and show Putin that the invasion of Ukraine has brought NATO into Ukraine. This is precisely the outcome Russia aimed to avert.”
And that is what, at the moment, “NATO” of “the Europeans” apparently do not want. Send a fleet to Mariupol? — Ask the Germans: they have a few speed boats that might not get stuck.
Poroshenko seems to be on the way to demonstrating that NATO is irrelevant.
Hmmmm….maybe a lot is tied up to prevent Yrump kinda agreeing that Crimea belongs to the Crimeans…..a partial step to Crimean recognition internationally which of course would be a huge prize.?
Excellent, but regarding your b. I think that Kiev Post (I know they use their ridiculous language) by asking “In this dark hour, where are Ukraine’s allies?” misses the point that they do not have allies but bosses.
For a foreign, read not Russian not Ukrainian, warship to be allowed in to the Azov, both treaty signators, Russia and Ukraine, must agree to allow said foreign warship in to the Azov. If one does not agree, the foreign warship does not enter the Azov, and if it does enter or attempts to enter, it will never make it either in or out but the scrap metal dealers will be happy.
The problem is США, like any spoiled child, does not understand the word ‘no’.