Emergency meeting of UNSC as Ukraine accuses Russia of firing on ships

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Ukraine accuses Russia of firing on, seizing three of its ships (Credits: Al Jazeera)

An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council has been called on Monday as Ukraine accused Russia of opening fire and seizing three of its vessels on Sunday in the Kerch Strait.

The incident occurred in the Kerch Strait, a narrow waterway that gives access to the Sea of Azov that is used by Ukraine and Russia.

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The Ukrainian navy saying that two sailors were injured when a Russian ship started firing on the Ukrainian vessels that were later captured by the Russian forces, Al Jazeera reported.

The incident occured hours after a large cargo ship was placed beneath the 19 km long Crimean Bridge, constructed over the Kerch Strait linking the Crimean Peninsula, annexed by Russia, with the other Russian territories across the Kerch strait.

As reported by Sputnik, early on Sunday morning, the three Ukrainian ships, including two small armoured artillery vessels and a tugboat, illegally entered the Russian territorial waters of the Black Sea, despite warnings given from the Russian guards.

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Soon after this incident, Russia accused Ukraine of ‘provocative actions’. Later, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in a statement denied the allegations saying, “Russia’s provocative actions in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov have crossed the line and become aggressive “, Al Jazeera reported.

The Russian Foreign Ministry warned Ukraine against attempts to revise the status of the Sea of Azov in violation of international law and urged Kiev to refrain from attempting to unilaterally establish new state borders.

(With ANI Inputs)

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