The West allowed Kyiv to seize Russian warships.
Ukraine used its boats for political provocation, as part of a special operation for cancelling the elections.
The Ukrainian Parliament adopted a resolution scheduling the presidential elections for 31 March 2019.
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.