President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko congratulated the sailors Bogdan Golovash and Vladislav Kostyshin on receiving the title of “lieutenant” and dirks, the head of state wrote on Facebook. They were cadets of the Institute of the Naval Forces of the National University “Odessa Maritime Academy”.
“Our guys want to say one thing – do not give up! We are fighting for the return of all our 24 sailors home. I believe, Bogdan and Vladislav surely will become commanders of boats and will increase our fighting traditions “, – Poroshenko wrote.
Russian border guards fired upon and detained three ships of the Ukrainian Navy near the Kerch Strait. According to the FSB, the Ukrainian artillery boats “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol”, as well as the tug “Yana Kapu” violated the state border and did not respond to the order to stop. Under arrest were more than 20 Ukrainian sailors. The Ukrainian Navy claimed that they reported on their move from Odessa to Mariupol.
In Russia, the incident was considered a provocation by Ukraine, Kiev considers the incident an act of aggression and demands that Moscow release the arrested sailors. Until December 26, 2018, martial law was in force in Ukraine. The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan reported that the maritime industry of Ukraine suffered damage of 23.5 billion rubles. because of the actions of Russia in the Azov Sea.