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Russia reopens Kerch Strait to shipping after Ukraine standoff

2018-11-26 15:57
Russia has reopened the Kerch Strait near Crimea to shipping on Monday (November 26) after it seized three Ukrainian naval ships nearby over the weekend. Russia blocked the strait off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea on Sunday (November 25) and seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tug boat, which Moscow said had illegally entered Russia's territorial waters. Russian jet fighters flew over a bridge connecting the Russian mainland with the Crimean Peninsula after the Ukrainian vessels were stopped by Russia from entering the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait in the Black Sea, Crimea. The narrow Kerch Strait links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, dividing Crimea from southern Russia. After annexing Crimea, Russia built a giant road bridge across the Strait, increasing its control of the waterway.