Returned Ukrainian warships plundered by looters in Russian Federation, - Khomchak

The Russian FSB stated that it returned the ships in good condition
20:43, 23 November 2019
the Head of Armed Forces General Staff Ruslan Khomchak
Three Ukrainian naval vessels Nikopol, Berdyansk and Yana Kapu, which Russia returned to Ukraine, were looted in the Russian Federation. The head of the General Staff - Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Ruslan Khomchak stated in an interview to Ukrinform.
So, in response to a question regarding the state in which the Ukrainian side received ships from the Russians, Khomchak confirmed that all reports of their looting were beyond doubt.

"When they (the ships, - ed.) were taken, an act was filed, everything was described. What the commander of the Navy reported to me is even embarrassing to comment," Khomchak said.

The general noted that as a military man he can understand why Russia removed communications and navigation equipment from ships.

“But when I was told that they even removed the toilet in the latrine, I don’t understand this. On Yana Kapu they removed these coper pipelines as non-ferrous metal. So I understand that this is not what the military have done, these were marauders. In another way, I can’t name the creatures that did this to the warship," Khomchak said.
He confirmed that the Ukrainian side intends to quickly repair these ships, and they will continue to serve in the Ukrainian Navy.
As reported, on November 18, in neutral waters, Russia transferred three ships to the Ukrainian side: Nikopol, Berdyansk and the tugboat Yany Kapu, which were captured in the Kerch Strait in November 2018.
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