FSB gives details of Kerch Strait provocation

FSB gives details of Kerch Strait provocation

Provocations carried out by the Ukrainian navy in the Kerch Strait area were coordinated by two officers from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) who were aboard the ships involved in the incident, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said.

The FSB also stressed that the Ukrainian warships invaded the territorial waters of Russia, which were established before Crimea's reunification with Russia.

In addition, Russia's Federal Security circulated video footage where a detained Ukrainian naval officer admits that he recognized the provocative nature of the actions of the Ukrainian navy during the incident in the Kerch Strait, Sputnik reported.

According to the FSB, the officer in the video is Capt. 3rd Rank Volodymir Lesovoy — commander of an auxiliary ship unit at the Yug (South) naval base of the Ukrainian navy.

“I deliberately ignored [Russian] requests to stop transmitted at VHF frequencies. At the time of the mission, we had small arms and large-calibre machine guns with ammunition on board," Lesovoy says in the video without specifying the name of the ship he was on.

"I was well aware that the actions of the Ukrainian navy in the Kerch Strait are provocative," he says, adding that he was fulfilling orders as a subordinate officer to bring the ships from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol.

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