Russia returns Ukraine’s Navy vessels captured last year

15:40, 18 November 2019

Russia returns three ships of the Ukrainian Navy that it had captured in November 2018. Actually, it's been exactly one year since the FSB Border Guard detained the vessels and their crews in the Kerch Strait near the occupied Crimea. Russian Foreign Ministry reported that on November 18.

The ships are to be tugged to the Ukrainian coastline over the next few days. The passage took place in the neutral waters.

As is known, Russia captured two artillery boats and a tug boat in the Kerch Strait in November 2018. Three Ukrainian sailors were wounded, as the Russian fighters opened fire on the Ukrainian ships. The Russian side claimed that the Ukrainian vessels illegally entered Russian domestic waters. All 24 crew members safely returned to Ukraine in September 2019.