Act of piracy: Zelensky reacts to Russia stopping a civilian ship in the Black Sea
The attack by the aggressor country Russia on the international dry cargo ship Sukra Okan, which was on its way to the Ukrainian port of Izmail, is an unconditional violation of international maritime law. This is yet another act of piracy and a crime by Moscow.
This was written on his Twitter account on Sunday, August 13, by Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine. He said that this Russian attack requires the identification of those involved and recognition by the international community as a crime.
Podolyak recalled that it was a matter of Russia's targeted shelling and forced inspection of an international civilian dry cargo ship.
"This is an unconditional violation of international maritime law, an act of piracy and a crime against civilian vessels of a third country in the waters of other states," the representative of the Office of the President wrote.
Podolyak stressed that "this precedent with an attempt to introduce "privateer law" needs a clear legal fixation, identification of all persons and recognition of the fact of the crime by the international community."
"Ukraine will make all the necessary conclusions and choose the optimal response," he added.
Recall that on the morning of August 13, the Russian Defense Ministry said that they allegedly attacked the civilian Palau-flagged dry cargo ship Sukra Okan in the Black Sea. The vessel was en route to the Ukrainian port of Izmail. The occupants allegedly opened fire on the dry cargo ship with automatic small arms and used a helicopter.
The occupiers also claimed to have inspected a civilian vessel that had "stalled." However, according to the InformNapalm intelligence community, this is a lie. The rest of the Defense Ministry's claims are also far from reality.
"There was no helicopter and no warning shots either. There were only threats by Russians in the radio air. There was a Turkish crew on board the Sukra Okan, which "put a bolt" on the threats and did not obey. So the Rashists lied about the 'successful inspection' of the ship," the report said.
As reported OBOZREVATEL, the Russian occupation army is afraid of the repetition of strikes on the ships of the Black Sea Fleet. In this regard, the ships of the aggressor country try to stay in the waters near Novorossiysk.