Naval Confrontation Between Ukraine and Russia - What Really Happened?
Truth and Liberty Blog | December 2, 2018
Part I outlined the geopolitical context of the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Indirectly this is a conflict between Russia, the Anglo-American West and NATO with Ukraine being the proxy that is stuck in the middle.
With the proper context in view it is now possible to examine the naval conflict that took place last Sunday between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov region.
The Sea of Azov is in a sense a very large bay that overflows into the Black Sea via the Strait of Kerch. To the east of the Kerch Strait is the Crimean peninsula and to the west is Russia’s Taman peninsula. At it’s narrowest point the Strait is less than two miles wide meaning it’s only 1.9 miles from Crimea to mainland Russia.
The Kerch Strait Bridge or Crimean Bridge connects the two land masses. (Technically there are two bridges separated by an island in the middle.)
Earlier this year Ukraine detained two Russian ships, increasing tensions in the area. Prior to last Sunday’s incident Ukraine had threatened to blow up the Kerch Strait Bridge. (This idea has even been supported by some in the Western Media.)
One of the main components of the Russian Navy is the Black Sea Fleet which operates in the Black Sea, the Mediterranean and the Sea of Azov. Because Russia annexed Crimea following the 2014 Referendum, Russia claims the Kerch Strait as its own territorial waters.
Russia says last Sunday that several ships from the Ukrainian Navy failed to follow both International and Russian procedures and encroached on Russian territorial waters.
Anton Lozovoy of Russia’s Crimean Federal Security Service stated,
Three Ukrainian Navy vessels crossed the Russian border and illegally entered temporarily closed Russian territorial waters. They did not provide the mandatory advanced notices, there were not on the shipping route schedule, they did not comply with orders, and were carrying out dangerous maneuvers. The Border Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia is taking all necessary measures to ensure shipping route safety.
The Anglo-American establishment’s puppet government in Kiev (the capital of Ukraine) does not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea and thus claims the waters of the Kerch Strait as their own. Kiev does not dispute that their Navy showed up unannounced and then ignored Russia’s Security Service – they simply claim that these are their waters and they don’t have to announce their presence or obey Russian security procedures.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that Kiev’s actions were a deliberate provocation planned and organized at the highest political level in Ukraine.
Russia responded by ramming a Ukrainian vessel, opening fire and then seizing three of the ships including 24 sailors. Three of the sailors were wounded. Russia then used a civilian cargo ship to block off the Strait under the Kerch Strait Bridge.
This maneuver for all intents and purposes blocked access to Ukraine’s southeastern ports and thus could potentially be defined as a blockade, which according to international law is an act of war.
The situation was far more serious than the corporate media ever let on. Ukrainian forces reportedly fired back at Russians, a fact that is being omitted in many Western accounts. Border checkpoints between Ukraine and Russia were closed off. Russian fighter jets and attack helicopters were seen in the air over the region.
Ukrainian Naval vessels were also deployed from Odessa (Ukraine) while air assets were deployed to protect the southern region of the country. Air and land forces were also placed on full combat alert.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko immediately called for the international community (the UN and NATO) to intervene. He also called for Martial Law, which Ukrainian lawmakers approved the next day.
For now the Martial Law is limited to 10 of Ukraine’s 25 provinces. There was (and is) widespread concern that such drastic action could result in the postponement of the presidential election currently slated for March of 2019. To assuage such concerns the state of Martial Law is scheduled to expire in 30 days – for now at least. I
s all of this a cynical wag the dog scenario with President Poroshenko looking to improve his re-election chances? As distasteful as it would be, that might be the best case scenario here.
As will be shown in Part III, there has been much saber-rattling since last Sunday, an indication that the globalists are planning / trying to provoke something far bigger – and far worse.