Ukraine´s navy on Sunday (Nov 25) accused that Russia has seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Moscow-annexed Crimea. “Russian special forces have seized some ships,” Ukrainian naval officials said in a statement. “There is also information that two Ukrainian sailors have been injured.”
“In order to stop the Ukrainian military ships, weapons were used,” Russia’s FSB security service said, confirming that “three Ukrainian navy ships were boarded and searched.” Ukraine’s navy said the incident took place as two small warships and a tugboat were heading through the strait for the port of Mariupol. It said a Russian border guard vessel rammed the tugboat in “openly aggressive actions” and then fired on the ships, immobilising all three.
It also said the Kerch Strait was blocked by a tanker, and that Russian military aircraft were flying over the area. “Having breached this morning the Russian border, the three Ukrainian ships – the Berdyansk, the Nikopol and the Yani Kapu – tried again on November 25 at 19:00 (Moscow time) to conduct illegal actions in Russian territorial waters,” the FSB said.
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17 November, 2019