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

23:00  21 november  2019
23:00  21 november  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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  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.

Ukraine has accused Russia of removing weapons and equipment - including toilets - from navy boats it returned after seizing them in the Black Sea. Image caption Russian navy ships intercepted the Ukrainian vessels on 25 November 2018. But in recent years Russia has been inspecting ships

They removed even dome lights, sockets, and toilet bowls . During the aggressive actions of Russia , 24 Ukrainian sailors were captured, three of them wounded. On November 19, the Ukrainian Navy headquarters told Ukrinform that Ukrainian small armored artillery boats Berdiansk

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. Video screen grab. Russian Federal Security Service/TASS (Photo by Russian Federal Security Service\TASS via Getty Images) 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. Video screen grab. Russian Federal Security Service/TASS (Photo by Russian Federal Security Service\TASS via Getty Images)

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He also accused Russia of stripping "dome lights, sockets, and toilet bowls " from the boats. Mr Zelensky warned weapons had been taken from the seized naval ships (Image: Sergii Earlier this week, Ukraine 's navy commander Ihor Voronchenko blamed the delay in the ships ' return on the fact

Kiev is claiming that Russia removed even mundane things such as lamps and toilet bowls from the ships they returned after last year's naval clash, but the FSB hit back with a video showing their condition to be far from 'ruined.' Making big headlines in the Western mainstream press, Kiev decried

Ukraine's navy commander Ihor Voronchenko has accused Moscow of stripping the vessels seized from the Black Sea on Nov. 25, 2018.

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"[Russia] removed even dome lights, sockets, and toilet bowls," he said according to a BBC report.

Russia’s Federal Security Service denied the allegations, saying that the ships – two gunboats and a tug – were returned in “normal condition and with good plumbing,” the report continued.

The agency claimed that at the time of the handover, Ukraine agreed to the condition of the vessels by signing the documents accepting them.

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky inspected the ships Thursday and noted that some of the weapons were missing.

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Russian authorities have returned three Ukrainian military ships from their Crimean port to Ukraine . The navy vessels were seized during a clash Russia accused the Ukrainian navy of trying to stage a "provocation" and illegally entering Russian territorial waters, while Ukraine describes the incident

The Ukrainian Navy has accused the Russian forces to have opened fire on a group of its ships in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula Ukraine also states that the Russian forces seized the vessels along with a navy tugboat. Russia reportedly blocked the three Ukrainian Navy

A Russian reporter shared a video from inside the ships that appeared to show a toilet although it was not clear when the footage was taken.

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The three ships were seized after Russia claimed they had violated procedures for transiting the Kerch Strait, while the Ukrainians said they were traveling in international waters.

The Russian coast guard fired shots, then captured the ships and their crew of 24 Ukrainian sailors. The sailors were detained for 10 months and returned home in September as part of a prisoner exchange.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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