Ukrainian General Staff: Kiev will not send warships to Kerch Strait

Ukrainian General Staff: Kiev will not send warships to Kerch Strait
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Ukraine won’t cede ground in the Kerch Strait, but the issue of the Ukrainian forces’ passage through it is not on the agenda now, Ukraine’s Chief of General Staff Ruslan Homchak said on Thursday, APA reports citing TASS.

"All decisions will be measured. Today we are not planning to lose ground in the Sea of Azov. As far as the passage is concerned, today this issue is not on the agenda either. We don’t have so many Ukrainians to put them at risk," Homchak said in an interview.

The chief of the General Staff has also called for a detailed investigation into the November 2018 incident. "The process is not over. Unfortunately, our sailors are in Russia’s cells," he said, also stressing that the leadership of the so-called Joint Forces Operation "is ready to react to all threats."

Three Ukrainian warships entered the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018. Russian side had used weapons. Three Ukrainian servicemen were wounded. The vessels were detained and 24 Ukrainian sailors were arrested.

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