Russia Opens Fire on Ukrainian Ships, Captures Three Vessels Off Coast of Crimea
A Russian coast guard rams into Ukrainian tugboat
Russia opened fire on Ukrainian ships and captured three vessels off the coast of Crimea Sunday.
Three Ukrainian soldiers were injured, however, none of the injuries are life threatening.
Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs also posted a video to Twitter Sunday of a Russian coast guard ramming into a Ukrainian tugboat which caused damage to the engine.
Sky News reported:
Russia has opened fire on Ukrainian ships and captured three vessels in a major escalation of tensions off the coast of Crimea.
Three sailors have been wounded after the Ukrainian navy said two artillery boats were hit by the strikes in the Black Sea.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko called an emergency session of his war cabinet and said he will propose that parliament declare martial law.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said it used weapons after the Ukrainian ships ignored demands to stop and that it impounded three vessels which had illegally crossed the border.
The three injured sailors are receiving medical treatment and their lives are not in danger, the FSB said.
Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK said Russian special forces had captured two armoured artillery boats and a tugboat in an “act of aggression”.
On Sunday, Ukraine accused a Russian coastguard of ramming into one of its smaller tugboats in act of aggression.
Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs posted video of a Russian coastguard bumping into the tugboat which damaged its engine.
“Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has received access to the video of provocations-Taran of the Russian border ship “Don” of the Ukrainian 🇺🇦 ship. The captured video is filmed by Russian, responsive teams-it will be proof in the International Court! Aggression! And look forward to the reactions of friendly countries!” the caption said.
Read the full report by Sky News here.