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Ukraine: Naval ships seized by Russia arrive at port of Ochakov

4 20.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Detained ships arriving at military harbour of Ochakov, Ukraine
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Three Ukrainian Navy vessels seized by Russia last November arrived at the port of Ochakov on Wednesday, three days after being handed over to Kiev.
The two gunboats, Nikopol and Berdyansk, in addition to tugboat Yana Kapu are to be inspected for damage by specialists and sent for repair to the Nikolaev Shipbuilding Plant if necessary, according to the Ukrainian Navy.
Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) border authorities seized the ships in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018 for violating the Russian border.
Twenty-four seamen were taken from onboard and were arrested on charges of frontier infringement.
After the incident the Ukrainian side claimed that its ships had permission to cross the Kerch Strait based on international law.
In summer 2019 Russia offered to transfer the arrested seamen to Ukraine provided they gave guarantees against their participation in lawsuits, while also guaranteeing the safe keeping of the Ukrainian vessels. The seamen were subsequently returned to Ukraine as part of a prisoner exchange.