Photo: Press service of border Department of the FSB of the Russian Federation the Republic of Crimea / RIA Novosti
If the ships of naval forces of Ukraine, of the boat “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol” and tug “Yana Kapu”, during the incident in the Kerch Strait on November 25 opened fire on Russian border guards, it would have provoked Russia into a large-scale aggression against Ukraine. About it on air of TV channel “Direct” said the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, the video is available on YouTube.
The Minister called sailors heroes. “If they opened fire, I think it is unlikely that we have today would have happened, this [television] transmission, everything would be different. Because the Russian Federation had waited and prepared for this provocation,” explained Poltorak.
“Just the exposure [of the Ukrainian seamen] the situation was saved from large-scale aggression,” he added.
The incident in the Kerch Strait took place on 25 November. Border Department of the FSB detained three Ukrainian military ship “Berdyansk”, “Nikopol” and “Yana Kapu” after they crossed the Russian border and has not responded to the requirement to stop. In Russia argued that the ships entered the waters, which before accession of Crimea to Russia was the Russian. 24 sailors were sent under custody for two months, they were transported to Moscow.
In Ukraine found Moscow’s actions “an act of military aggression,” in some areas of the country, bordering Russia and Transnistria, martial law was imposed. On 30 November the authorities had restricted entry to Ukraine for Russian men aged 16 to 60 years.
Video, photo All from Russia.