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Watch Russian Warship Ram Ukrainian Tugboat in the Black Sea

It’s been a rough Sunday for Russian and Ukrainian sailors on tour in the Black Sea, following what appears to be a serious escalation of on the shores of the Crimean Peninsula.
Russian border patrol boat ram Ukrainian ship 1 photo
According to the Russian Security Bureau (FSB), several border patrol boats the Federation is operating in the Black Sea intervened on Sunday to stop three Ukrainian vessels from entering Russian waters.

Confronted with two small Ukrainian warships (Berdyansk and Nikopol) and a tugboat (Yana Kapa), the Russians say they had to fire unspecified weapons to stop them, and block their passageby placing a tanker under the Kerch bridge..

The conflict ended with the capture of the enemy ships that are now trapped in Russian territorial waters.

During the chase to stop the aggression, a video allegedly shot from on board one of the Russian ships shows how a Federation ship intentionally rammed the Ukrainian tugboat. As the events unfold, a voice is heard shouting Davai! Davai!, as a call to action.

As a result of the skirmish between the two navies, BBC says six Ukrainian sailors were injured.

On their side, the Ukrainians say their ships were operating legally, traveling from Odessa to Mariupol, and claim the Russians were briefed on the route to be followed.

In response to what is perceived as Russian aggression, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said he will ask this week his government to declare martial law. This would mean Ukraine plans to treat Russia’s action as a serious act, although officials didn’t go as far as to declare it an act of war.

The Crimean peninsula had been under Russian rule ever since the invasion of little green men in 2014. Having control of the peninsula and following the build of the Kerch Strait bridge, Russia can now block off anyone trying to enter the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea.



 
 
 
 
 

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