US Braces To Sail Warship Into Black Sea Amidst Russia Ukraine Conflict

Nellie Chapman
December 8, 2018

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The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it has appealed to the Budapest Memorandum guarantor countries the United States, Britain and Russian Federation, for urgent consultations over the tension in the Kerch Strait.

The vessels were attempting to pass through the Kerch Strait, which is located between Russia's mainland and the Crimean Peninsula that Russian Federation annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

The planning comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow on a range of issues.

The proposed spin suggests that fragmentation injuries suffered by the three Ukrainian navymen were allegedly a result of a "hand grenade explosion" on board during the skirmish between the crew and the SBU operative rather than a result of an armed attack on the boat by Russia's Izumrud coast guard ship.

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Pahon said the plane had a 17-member crew from the 55th Wing based at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. U.S. ships can only be in the Black Sea for 21 days under the Montreux Convention, the broadcaster said.


Russian Federation seized two Ukrainian navy ships and a navy tugboat along with 24 crew members off Crimea in late November, accusing the vessels of entering its waters and provoking a conflict.

The action has further strained ties between Moscow and Kiev. The rift escalated further after a naval incident on November 25 in which the Russian coast guard fired on and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels.

In a tit-for-tat, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has forbidden Russian male citizens aged 16 to 60 from entering the country. Ukraine also demands the return of the captured navy ships and to compensate for the damage caused.

Russian Federation has "partially unblocked" Ukraine's ports on the Azov Sea, allowing ship traffic though the Kerch Strait, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said Tuesday in a statement posted on the ministry's website. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that there were "no restrictions" on vessels traveling through the Kerch Strait.

Under the rules of the Montreux Convention, US ships can only be in the Black Sea for 21 days.

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