Russia Begins Returning Seized Ukrainian Ships

Russia began moving three captured Ukrainian navy ships on Sunday, Nov. 17, after a Russian newspaper reported Moscow’s intentions to return them to Ukraine.

READ MORE: Russia has returned three captured Ukrainian navy ships, in what is being billed as a goodwill gesture to Kyiv ahead of international peace talks aimed at ending the war between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s east.

Russia seized the ships and crew amid a firefight off the coast of Crimea in November 2018 — arguing the Ukrainian vessels had illegally entered what had become de facto Russian territorial waters following the Kremlin’s annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

The move triggered international condemnation, as well as a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia over the incident and fomenting the war in Ukraine.


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