MFA: Wall on Crimean border not to change status of Ukrainian peninsula

Russian Federal Security Service's Border Service in Crimea  TASS

Ukraine is responsible for provoking a dispute with Russia in which the federation on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

"It is a provocation initiated by the current authorities, and I think by the (Ukrainian) president, in light of the upcoming elections to be held next year..."

"The human rights situation in Crimea, which was annexed by Russian Federation in violation of worldwide law, and the use of military force by Russian Federation in the Straits of Kerch and abusive controls in the Sea of Azov are also a source of great concern to us".

Ukraine, however, still views Crimea as its own territory and claims the right to deploy ships in the area based on a 2003 deal with then-friendly Moscow.

"Given that the situation remains quite hard and unsafe, the decision of the NSDC of Ukraine also envisaged that in the near future, the national police, the national guard and other security agencies will continue to serve in emergency mode to maintain public order, protect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of Ukrainian citizens", - said the head of the NSDC Oleksandr Turchynov.

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The strait is the only way to enter the Sea of Azov.

"We will definitely not give up our right of free navigation through the Kerch Strait in accordance of all global rules and laws", he added.

The long-simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine that started with Russia's annexation of Crimea escalated November 25 when the Russian coast guard fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews.

Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Vadym Chernysh says that his ministry is constantly in contact with worldwide humanitarian organizations and lawyers of the Ukrainian sailors. All the 24 Ukrainian sailors have declared themselves to be prisoners of war.

The truce, which was from 00.01 hours on, was not limited in time and should the Orthodox Christmas on the 7th of January, there are, according to the organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE). "We now call on the parties to assume their full responsibilities, especially with regard to civilians in the area". You can sign up to receive it directly here.

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