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Russian vessels have allegedly tried and failed to capture a Ukrainian rescue boat in the Black Sea some 48 kilometers south of Skadovsk, Kherson Oblast, where the Ukrainians were on practice drills.

The incident happened around 10 a.m. on April 24, but only became widely known and discussed after Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure had published the video account of a radio conversation between the Ukrainian rescue boat and Russian vessels on their official Facebook page on May 5.

The video shows the Ukrainian rescue boat carrying out its drills, when two Russian ships by the names Pechora and Amur notice the boat and send off a Russian boat Velbot 769 to seize the Ukrainians on the basis of them “crossing the Russian border” and attempting to “take photographs.”

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The United Nations (aka the international community) has made it perfectly clear that it only recognizes Crimea as part of Ukraine and through an official vote held by the UN General Assembly, denounced Russia's military occupation of Crimea. Therefore, even if the Ukrainian boat was in adjacent waters off Crimea that was claimed by Russia (which was not the case), the Ukrainian sailors could never have violated international law by "trespassing" on their own territory. Finally, the Russian attempt to seize the Ukrainian boat and its crew was nothing short of a brazen endeavor to commit piracy. As such, the Ukrainian Government would have every legal right to pursue or seek redress concerning this matter before the International Court of Justice in The Hague (in The Netherlands).

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