Russia attacks Ukrainian navy ships
- November 26, 2018
Russian forces opened fire on and seized three of Ukraine’s vessels in the Black Sea on November 25.
One of the Ukrainian small armored artillery boats was damaged, several sailors were injured.
“The Ukrainian Navy’s vessels the Berdyansk, the Nikopol and the Yany Kapu, which violated Russia’s state border this morning, made another attempt of committing illegal activities in Russia’s territorial sea at 19:00 Moscow time on November 25,” the FSB said. “They did not respond to legitimate demands by the ships and boats of Russia’s FSB Border Guard Service escorting them to stop immediately and performed dangerous maneuvers.”
The FSB confirmed early Monday that it fired on the vessels to force them to stop, and then seized them.
Russia said the three Ukrainian vessels made an unauthorized passage through Russian territorial waters.
Ukrainian authorities said they had given advance notice to the Russians that the vessels would be moving through the strait, which connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov.