- Total 166 Civilian Ships Were in Kerch Strait During Ukrainian Infiltration Attempt - FSB
Total 166 Civilian Ships Were In Kerch Strait During Ukrainian Infiltration Attempt - FSB
Faizan Hashmi 5 days ago Sat 08th December 2018 | 07:05 PM
There were 166 civilian vessels in the Kerch Strait at the moment when the Ukrainian ships tried to infiltrate the Russian maritime border in the Sea of Azov, Alexei Volsky, the first deputy head of the Russian Federal Security Service's (FSB) coast guard department, said on Saturday.
"At the moment when the Ukrainian speedboats were passing through the Kerch Strait, there were 166 civilian vessels," Volsky said at a briefing at Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.
On November 25, three ships of the Ukrainian Navy � Berdyansk, Nikopol, and Yany Kapu � breached the Russian border, entered Russian territorial waters that were temporarily closed, and began moving toward the Kerch Strait, which serves as an entrance into the Sea of Azov.
The Ukrainian vessels and their crew were detained by Russia after failing to respond to demands to stop.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the incident was a provocation prepared in advance as a pretext to introduce martial law in Ukraine. Putin said the provocation could be linked to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's low approval rating ahead of the presidential campaign set to start in late December.