RUSSIA has admitted to opening hearth on Ukrainian ships and capturing three vessels within the newest Crimea flare-up.

Three Ukrainian sailors have been injured after two of gunboats and a tug have been captured by Russian particular forces following a chase – prompting the president to name an emergency summit of his struggle cupboard.

Russian fighter jets fly over the Crimean Bridge after three Ukrainian vessels have been stopped by Russia from getting into the ocean of Azov


A Russian coastguard vessel, named the Don, rammed one in every of its tugboats in “brazenly aggressive actions”, the Ukrainian Navy stated.

Three sailors have been wounded after one in every of their small artillery boats was hit within the strikes.

Earlier as we speak Russia stopped three Ukrainian navy vessels from getting into the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait by putting an enormous cargo ship beneath the Crimean Bridge, constructed by Russia and opened this yr.

Initially Moscow claimed that Ukraine’s actions have been a “provocation” and that the ships had turned again. Hours later, the Russian Safety Service (FSB) confirmed it had used weapons to cease the vessels from getting into Russian waters illegally and had seized all three vessels.

Footage seems to indicate a Russian ship ramming right into a Ukrainian artillery vessel

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has referred to as an emergency assembly to debate the disaster
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Russia has admitted to seizing three of Ukraine’s ships
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The three Ukrainian ships have been allegedly heading for the port of Mariupol. All three Ukrainian sailors got medical help by the Russian serviceman, the FSB stated. Their accidents will not be believed to be life-threatening.

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has now referred to as an emergency assembly to debate the disaster.

International ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa stated: “Right now’s harmful occasions within the Azov Sea testify that a new entrance of [Russian] aggression is open.

“Ukraine [is] calling now for emergency assembly of United Nations Safety Council.”

Two of Ukraine’s small armoured artillery ships together with the Berdyansk, pictured, have been broken earlier than being seized
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Russian fighter jets fly over a bridge connecting the Russian mainland with the Crimean Peninsula

This tugboat and two artillery ships have been seized by Russia
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Ukraine has condemned Russia’s actions as “brazenly aggressive”.

Tensions have risen within the seas off the Crimean peninsula – annexed by Russia in 2014 – in latest months.

Russia’s use of a cargo ship successfully blocks all site visitors into the strait, the one passage into the Sea of Azov.

Since 2003 nations have had the best to make use of the strait, however because the annexation Moscow has managed the land on either side.

On this photograph handout from Ukrainian Navy, a display seems to indicate Russian border guard vessel Don attempting to cease a Ukrainian Navy tug boat

The Ukrainian Navy issued this photograph after a Russian coast guard vessel rammed a Ukrainian navy tugboat close to Crimea
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Marine site visitors tracker web site confirmed a number of dozen ships anchored close to the strait, ready for the dispute to be resolved.

In a press release, the Ukrainian navy stated the Berdyansk and the Nikopol gunboats have been hit and disabled as they tried to go away the realm.

It stated the tug was pressured to cease.

Russia earlier scrambled two fighter jets and two helicopters to observe the Ukrainian vessels.

In a press release, Ukraine’s overseas ministry stated Russia had “crossed the road”.

“Russia’s provocative actions within the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov have crossed the road and change into aggressive,” the assertion stated.

“Russian ships have violated our freedom of maritime navigation and unlawfully used drive towards Ukrainian naval ships.”

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