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Russian FSB searches captured Ukrainian vessels, retrieves weapons

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20:05, 27 November 2018

Officers of Russian Federal Security Service
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Russian FSB, the federal security service, reported that their agents searched the Ukrainian vessels captured in the Kerch Strait on November 25. The full list of seized military property is published on the official website of the FSB.    

The list includes a lot of weapons, such as 30 mm automatic cannons, four automatic grenade launchers, six stationary machine guns, thirteen AK-47 assault rifles, four pistols, a traumatic handgun, flare gun, more than 765 highly explosive 30 mm shells, almost 2,500 shells for grenade launchers, dozens of hand grenades, a lot of ammunition and 15 knives.

The FSB reiterated that the Ukrainian naval vessels were combat-ready. 'Artillery was prepared to open fire, the cannon barrels were brought to 45 degrees up front, facing ships and gunboats of the Russian Federation', the report said.

The special service agents also reported that a document was found on board of Nikopol gunboat, which appeared to be the control sheet of the gunboat's readiness to ship out from Odesa to Berdyansk 'in stealth mode', 'focusing on the stealthy approach to Kerch-Yenikal channel' (the channel that separates Crimea from the mainland Ukraine, - 112 International).   

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