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World Russia hands back captured naval ships to Ukraine before summit

16:25  18 november  2019
16:25  18 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Russia begins moving captured Ukrainian ships before possible handover

  Russia begins moving captured Ukrainian ships before possible handover Russia begins moving captured Ukrainian ships before possible handoverThe reporter in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, saw tug boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait toward the Black Sea where they could potentially travel onwards toward Ukraine.

Seized Ukrainian naval ships are guarded by Russia 's Coast Guard vessels in the port in Kerch, near the bridge connecting the Russian mainland with MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) – Russia on Monday handed back three naval ships it captured last year to Ukraine , something Kiev wanted to happen

* Russia hands back captured Ukrainian naval ships . * Move seen as confidence building step before peace summit . * Ukraine says to still pursue legal action MOSCOW/KIEV, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Russia on Monday handed back three naval ships it captured last year to Ukraine , something Kiev

MOSCOW/KIEV, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Russia on Monday handed back three naval ships it captured last year to Ukraine, something Kiev wanted to happen before a four-way peace summit on eastern Ukraine next month in Paris.

a large ship in the water: Seized Ukrainian naval ships are towed by Russia's Coast Guard vessels out of the port in Kerch© Reuters/STRINGER Seized Ukrainian naval ships are towed by Russia's Coast Guard vessels out of the port in Kerch

The handover, confirmed by the two countries' foreign ministries, occurred in the Black Sea off the coast of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Russia seized the ships in the same area in November last year after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors. Moscow said the ships - two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tug boat - had illegally entered its territorial waters. Kiev denied that.

Three navy ships held by Russia return to Ukraine port

  Three navy ships held by Russia return to Ukraine port Three navy vessels that Moscow seized last year and handed back to Ukraine have arrived at a Ukrainian port, though Kiev said they were stripped of equipment. The Nikopol, the Berdyansk and the Yany Kapu were seized in November last year in the Kerch Strait, in the most serious confrontation between Russia and Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict in east Ukraine in 2014.

Russia 's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that Moscow had successfully handed three naval ships it captured last year back to Ukraine . Ukraine has been pushing for their return as a good will gesture from Moscow ahead of a possible four-way peace summit on eastern Ukraine next month.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea’s border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday. A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed

Russia returned the sailors who had been on board the ships to Ukraine in September as part of a prisoner exchange deal.

Various Russian media outlets reported that the ships would be returned to Ukraine on Monday without their ammunition and documentation.

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Moscow would respond harshly in future to what it called any similar maritime "provocations" near its borders.

Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the three captured ships were en route to the port of Odessa.

It said that their original voyage, which Russia had interpreted as a border violation, had been peaceful and legal and that Kiev planned to pursue a case against Russia over the matter at an international arbitration panel in the Netherlands.

Ukraine accuses Russia of removing weapons, toilet bowls from seized Navy ships: report

  Ukraine accuses Russia of removing weapons, toilet bowls from seized Navy ships: report The three Ukrainian naval ships seized by Russia in November of last year were returned Monday but officials allege that the weapons, equipment and even the toilet bowls were removed before they were handed back over. NEUTRAL WATERS OF THE BLACK SEA - NOVEMBER 18, 2019: Handing over the Ukrainian Navy's Berdyansk and Nikopol artillery boats and Yani Kapu tugboat to Ukraine. The three ships attempting to pass from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov were seized by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Coast Guard in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018, the sailors were charged with violating Russia's maritime border.

Russia 's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that Moscow had successfully handed three naval ships it captured last year back to Ukraine . Ukraine has been pushing for their return as a good will gesture from Moscow ahead of a four-way peace summit on eastern Ukraine next month in Paris.

Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's Ukraine has been pushing for their return as a good will gesture from Moscow ahead of a possible four-way peace summit on eastern Ukraine next month.

Despite those and other continuing tensions, the handover is likely to be seen as a confidence-building measure ahead of the planned Ukraine summit however.

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet in Paris on Dec. 9 in an attempt to advance efforts for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the French presidency said on Friday.

More than 13,000 people have been killed in the more than five-year-old conflict in east Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces.

Relations between Ukraine and Russia collapsed following Moscow's annexation of the Crimean peninsula, which prompted Western sanctions. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy won a landslide election victory in April promising to end the conflict. (Editing by Andrew Osborn)

Apple criticized by Ukraine for labeling Crimea as part of Russia .
Apple Maps reportedly shows Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, as part of Russia.Apple's move came after negotiations between the tech giant and the Russian government over the way Crimea is represented, the BBC reported Wednesday. Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014, leading to international outrage and the country's expulsion from the G8 summit.

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