The vessels that Russia returned to Ukraine after capturing them in the Kerch Strait in 2018 are completely damaged, are not capable of going on their own, and even the ceiling lights, electric connectors and toilets inside were deinstalled by the Russians. Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Ihor Voronchenko informed about it on Facebook, 4 Channel reports.
"The Russians destroyed them. They even removed the ceiling lights, electric connectors and toilets. So now we will show this world the barbaric attitude of the Russians," Voronchenko said.
Ships are not capable of going on their own, so they are being delivered by towing. The ships will be delivered to their destination in about 16 hours.
"At this time they are only approaching the territorial waters. Towing is going on, the speed is very low. They are not going on their own," Voronchenko stated.
As we reported earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia stated that the transfer of three vessels, which were captured in the Kerch Strait in November 2018, to the Ukrainian side has already taken place. It was reported on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
"These ships are material evidence in the ongoing criminal proceedings in Russia about the illegal crossing of our border. The transfer for safe storage to the Ukrainian side became possible due to the fact that the Russian competent authorities have completed the necessary investigative measures on the ships and their locating within the territory of the Russian Federation is not necessary in order to continue criminal proceedings," the message stated.