Russia transfers to Kiev three Ukrainian vessels detained during Kerch Strait incident

Russia transfers to Kiev three Ukrainian vessels detained during Kerch Strait incident
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  • calendar-gray 18 November 2019

Russia has transferred to Kiev three Ukrainian vessels it had detained during the Kerch Strait incident last year, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, APA reports citing Sputnik. 

The return of the detained vessels has been possible because Moscow completed its investigation and the ships are no longer needed, the ministry added.

Russia will remain committed to firmly suppress provocations at its border, the ministry's statement says.

Note that in November 2018 the Berdyansk and the Nikopol gunboats and the Yana Kapu tugboat were detained in the Kerch Strait by Russian border guards. There were 24 military personnel, including two Ukrainian intelligence officers, onboard the vessels. They were detained but transferred back to Ukraine in September as part of a prisoner exchange programme.

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