Ukraine Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Alexei Mazepa said Russian sailors pulled the anti-submarine vessel Ochakov out of a naval junkyard and sank it in the straits that connect the Black Sea with a body of water known as Donuzlav Lake. He said the act was intended to prevent Ukrainian navy ships from leaving a nearby base and going to sea.
Now, if a bunch of armed people come and burn some rusty old cars in your driveway to prevent you from being able to leave your house by car, is that not an act of violence?
This reporter doesn't think so, apparently, because the story opens with:
An anti-submarine boat may have been the first casualty of the Russian incursion into Crimea, but it was hardly an act of violence, much less war: …
Seriously, Sergei, in what universe is blocking a sovereign nation's navy not an act of war?