Reminder: Ukraine Opened Fire at a Turkish Fishing Vessel in 2000

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Ukraine, accusing Russia of “aggression” in the Kerch Strait, forgot about what it did 18 years ago, without thinking twice, perfidiously drowned a Turkish ship and detained three more vessels near the Tarkhankut Peninsula. Kiev was reminded about this by the former Minister of Transport of Crimea Anatoly Tsurkin.

At the same time, he emphasised that the Russian side treats the detained Ukrainian sailors who were onboard the ships that stage a provocation on November 25th very humanely. In this regard he decided to take a few steps back to see how Ukraine behaved in the same situations.

As an example, Tsurkin offered a reminder about the events of March 2000, when Turkish fishing vessels came into the territorial waters of Ukraine near Tarkhankut Peninsula. They went there because of the illegal catching of plaice.

“They violated the state border. According to the scenario everything was also the same. One warning, a second warning, a ‘Lima’ flare, pursuit … The Turks didn’t stop. Nobody pulled any punches, fire was opened at them at point blank range – civil vessels. Vessels sink … The remains of the crew were lifted aboard,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

According to him, this is all that it is necessary to know about “aggression” from Russia and Ukraine and the “difference in activity”.

“You may ask how I know all of this in the smallest details – I did practical training there being a cadet of the Nakhimov Naval Academy (Sevastopol naval institute of P.S. Nakhimov),” explained Tsurkin.

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