Russia has extended the arrest of Ukrainian sailors at least until Ukraine presidential elections are finished. U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says that the sailors might be used as a tool for political pressure.
A resolution calling for increased military aid to Ukraine and supporting the abolition of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been submitted to the U.S. Senate.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin had agreed to a proposal by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for German and French experts to monitor the Kerch Strait near occupied Crimea.
Russia aggressive actions at sea should be punished by sanctions on its ports in the Azov and Black Sea regions.
The U.S. Department of State is going to provide $10 million to further build Ukraine’s naval capabilities "in response to Russia’s dangerous escalation and unjustified Nov. 25 attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait."
Ukrainian Navy ships are going to continue using the Kerch Strait, otherwise Russia will completely occupy the Sea of Azov.
As of Dec. 3, 2018, ships are passing through the Kerch Strait toward Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged the EU to take real steps to stop Russia's "creeping annexation" of the Sea of Azov.
The Russian Federation continues to stop and search vessels in the Sea of Azov. Today, the invaders have already stopped five laden vessels in the Kerch Strait that previously left Berdiansk and Mariupol Seaports.
The bridge from Russia to occupied Crimea is an element of Russian propaganda campaign. It makes no economic sense while its design will be unable to endure long-term operation.
Russian invaders in Crimea have retrieved the bodies of two dead sailors from the sea near the Kerch Strait, while another crew member was rescued earlier. The search for remaining nine sailors of the sunken Heroi Arsenala dry cargo ship is underway.
The search and rescue operation is underway in the Black Sea after Geroi Arsenala bulk freighter located 14 nautical miles off the Crimea coast sent a distress signal.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov commented on the statement made by the Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia regarding "violations of the Russian airspace by Ukrainian missile weapons test."
Coordinator of the civil action to block Crimea, Vice President of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars Lenur Isliamov expects the start of naval blockade of Crimea in late 2015 - early 2016.
Russia's attempt to construct the Kerch bridge to Crimea is one of manifestations of the Russian aggression.
According to the United Transport Directorate, the line to board ferries from Crimea increased by 50% in the last 24 hours reaching up to 3 thousand cars.