"The redeployment of a group of warships of the Ukrainian Navy to the port of Mariupol was completed with the arrival of Korets tugboat today, Sept. 25, at 9:35 a.m.," the press service of the Ukrainian Navy said in a statement, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
"Near the Mariupol raid in the anchorage area a Russian border service Mangust type cutter staged a provocation [...] by approaching dangerously closely to a Ukrainian boat. The Russian cutter tried to get close to our ships at high speed but resolute actions of the crews of the Lubny and Kremenchuk vessels prevented it from getting too close to the Donbas and the Korets," the statement reads.
"No payment for pilotage service while passing through the Kerch Strait was made," the agency said.
The Donbas search and rescue vessel and the Korets tugboat did not requested Russia's permission to pass through the Kerch-Yenikale canal heading to the Sea of Azov.
"Our vessels have requested no permission from Russia and exercised their sovereign right for passage," spokesperson for the Navy Oleh Chalyk told the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Monday.
"These vessels will become a part of the new Ukraine's naval base on the Sea of Azov," President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said congratulating the sailors of the Donbas and Korets on Sept. 23.
The so-called authorities in Russian-occupied Crimea said the Donbas and Korets vessels did receive permission from Russia to pass through the Kerch-Yenikale canal and allegedly requested pilot support.