Australia calls on Russia to restore navigation rights at Kerch Strait – embassy

Australia calls on Russia to restore navigation rights at Kerch Strait – embassy

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Australia fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and calls on Russia to resume navigation rights at the Kerch Strait.

“Australia is concerned at developments in the Sea of Azov. We fully support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and call on Russia to restore navigation rights at the Kerch Strait,” the Australian Embassy in Ukraine wrote on Twitter.

As reported, three Ukrainian vessels remain seized by Russian special forces in the Black Sea after fire was opened on them. Two Ukrainian boats Berdiansk and Nikopol were struck by enemy fire and lost their course. The Yanu Kapu tugboat was also forced to stop. At least six Ukrainian servicemen were wounded.

President Petro Poroshenko held a War Cabinet due to extraordinary events in the Azov Sea. Ukraine asked for a meeting of the UN Security Council to be urgently convened.

At a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on Monday, President Petro Poroshenko supported the proposal of the War Cabinet to introduce martial law, submit it for consideration by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) and forward it to the Verkhovna Rada.

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