Ships captured by Russians in Kerch Strait to be returned to Ukraine tonight, - media

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to media reports, tugboats which will pull the vessels have already left the port in Odesa
21:37, 16 November 2019
Three Ukrainian naval ships (L), which were recently seized by Russia, are seen anchored in a port in Kerch, Crimea November 28, 2018.
The Ukrainian Navy small armored boats Berdyansk and Nikopol and tugboat Yany Kapu, captured by Russia on November 25, 2018 in the Kerch Strait, will be returned to the Ukrainian side tonight. Dumskaya reports this, citing its sources.

"Special vessels left them from Yuzhne, Chornomorsk and Odesa: the search and rescue Sapphire ship, the tugboats Titan and Gaydamak. The Russians are pulling Ukrainian ships from occupied Kerch, the newspaper said.

According to Dumskaya, the meeting will take place on the open sea about 60 miles from Odesa, near the Crimean cape Tarhankut.
Related: Zelensky's representative promises to respond to launch of Russian trains over Kerch bridge

The state of the boats and Yana Kapu after a year's captivity is unknown.

As we reported earlier, on November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons. As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested.

On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

Related: Trump forbade publishing of statement on Kerch Strait incident


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