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Russian diplomat handed note due to incident at Sea of Azov

July 18, 2013, 15:31 UTC+3

Russia expressed condolences over the incident as a result of which Ukrainian citizens died

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KIEV, July 18 (Itar-Tass) - Russian charge d’affairs Andrei Vorobyov has been summoned at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to hand a note due to the incident at the Sea of Azov on July 17.

Acting Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Ruslan Demchenko presented a note to the Russian charge d’affairs on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry’s press service reported.

Two Ukrainian fishermen died and another two people went missing on July 17 when the Ukrainian small vessel run foal of the Russian coast-guard boat at the Sea of Azov near the Russian settlement of Vorontsovka. The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service said, “The vessels collided in the area of Dolzanskaya spit while chasing and manoeuvring. The fishing vessel overturned.”

One of the fishermen (a Ukrainian citizen) has been rescued. The bodies of another two fishermen have been found in the morning. The search for missing fishermen continues, the Border Guard Service reported.

For its part, Russia expressed condolences over the incident as a result of which Ukrainian citizens died. Russia said it would take necessary measures to investigate the incident.

The Ukrainian consul-general in Rostov-on-Don has arrived on the spot in order to coordinate actions taken by the competent structures of Russia and Ukraine to investigate the incident, to search for missing Ukrainian citizens and provide aid to an injured people.

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