Russia to hold drills in Crimea, focus on combating maritime threats

Source : 112 Ukraine

Border Guards are to improve their skills in releasing a hijacked vessel and hostages
23:57, 7 May 2018

Russian Navy ship

The Russian military command ordered to hold the exercise for the Border Guard in the annexed Crimea. The drills, specifically, will be focusing on counteracting potential and actual maritime threats. RIA Novosti news agency reported that, referring to the so-called 'Border Department of Russia's FSB in the Republic of Crimea'. 

The agenda says that the Russian border guards are to practice in releasing a 'hijacked' fishing vessel and hostages, eliminating the conditional 'pirates'.

The Russian media assume the drill is related to the recent detention of Russia's fighing vessel by Ukrainian border guards. It turned out that Nord vessel was stationed in the Russian-occupied Crimea. The Ukrainian side arrested the crew and the vessel; this was due to the fact that the sailors had documents issued by the Crimean authorities, and such papers are considered invalid in Ukraine.   

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