Escalation of tension between the Moscow and Kiev, Russian tanker involved in Kerch Strait confrontation captured

epa07206529 A general view of the seaport in Mariupol, Ukraine, 03 December 2018. Russia blocked the passage to the Kerch Strait for the Ukrainian tugboat Yany Kapu and two armored naval boats Berdyansk and Nikopol, which were on a scheduled re-deployment from the Black Sea port of Odesa to the Azov Sea port of Mariupol on the morning of 25 November 2018. Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on the Ukrainian boats as were heading back in the Odesa direction after being rejected passage via the Kerch Strait. All 24 crew on board were captured and later remanded in custody for two months, charged with illegal border crossing. Three crewmen were injured in the attack Ukrainian media report. EPA-EFE/IRINA GORBASYOVA

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The Ukrainian government says it has detained a Russian tanker it alleges was involved in an incident in the Kerch Strait that saw three Ukrainian vessels seized.

Their crews were also captured after the seizure in November 2018 and remain in custody.

Last year’s incident happened in waters separating Russia and Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Ukraine’s secret service said in a statement on Thursday that the Russian tanker — formerly named the Neyma but now called Nika Spirit — was detained in the Ukrainian port of Izmail

Via Euronews

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