Russia returns Ukrainian naval ships seized last year near Crimea

Russia returns Ukrainian naval ships seized last year near Crimea Russia returns Ukrainian naval ships seized last year near Crimea

WIB sea November 18, 2019 0

Moscow (dpa) – Russia has returned three Ukrainian naval ships that it seized last year off the coast of Crimea, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said... Russia returns Ukrainian naval ships seized last year near Crimea

Moscow (dpa) – Russia has returned three Ukrainian naval ships that it seized last year off the coast of Crimea, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The Russian coastguard seized the vessels and their crews during a standoff in the Kerch Strait in November 2018 in which the Russian coastguard opened fire.

Russia maintains that the Ukrainian navy committed a “provocation” near the disputed Crimea region, which Russia annexed five years ago from neighbouring Ukraine to far-reaching international outcry.



By sending the ships to Crimea, Ukraine committed a “crime not only against the sovereignty of the Russian Federation but also against the Ukrainian citizens who were deliberately endangered and forced to commit offences,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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