Two Ukrainian ships seized by Russia in the Kerch Strait were gifted to Ukraine by the US.
Ukrainian armed forces are massively shelling civilian sectors of the occupied Donbas after the Kerch Strait attack. Heavy artillery is being used as of 23:00 (local time), 25th November.
Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Kerch confrontation.
Ukraine’s Joint Forces press office refuted these claims and emphasized there had been no escalation in fighting. According to Stop Fake, residents of the occupied Donbas territories contacted Radio Liberty to say that aside from sporadic shooting, there was no artillery shelling all day.
On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters.
However a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.