The military boats BK-16 of the Russian National Guard has begun the watching of the Black Sea coast near Kerch Bridge as the press service of the department reported.
“The boats have successfully passed the navigation tests in Sevastopol and begun to watch the Black Sea coast. The sailors of the Russian National Guard at BK-16 boats will continue the fulfillment of the work tasks on the guard of the waters,” the message said.
BK-16 boats equipped with navigation and radar systems, which allow the sailors to carry out long-lasting maneuvers even in bad weather. Particularly, they are capable to carry out maneuvers at the speed up to 80 km per hour.
On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.
All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.
Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019, Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.