Russia to return navy vessels seized from Ukraine

epa07206540 A general view of the seaport in Berdyansk, Azov sea, 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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Russian authorities have moved three Ukrainian military ships from their Crimean port in order to return them to Ukraine officials. The navy vessels were seized during a clash in the Kerch Strait last year.

DW reports that tug boats were seen towing the vessels through the strait, which separates Crimea from the Russian mainland, a photographer working for the Reuters news agency reported.

Separately, Russia’s security service FSB said that the three vessels would be handed over to Ukraine on Monday.

The move was “in accordance with the agreements reached with the Ukrainian side,” sources from FSB’s Crimean branch told Russian news agency Interfax.

Via DW / Interfax

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