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Russian border guards' vessel collides with Ukrainian ship2

2018-11-26 23:04
Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea on Sunday (November 25) after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors, a move that risks igniting a dangerous new crisis between the two countries. Russia's FSB security service said earlier on Monday (November 26) that its border patrol boats had seized the Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea and used weapons to force them to stop, Russian news agencies reported. The FSB said it had been forced to act because the ships - two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tug boat - had illegally entered its territorial waters, attempted illegal actions, and ignored warnings to stop while manoeuvring dangerously. The FSB said three Ukrainian sailors were wounded in the incident and were getting medical care. Their lives were not in danger, it added. With relations still raw after Russia's annexation of Crimea and its backing for a pro-Moscow insurgency in eastern Ukraine, the incident risks pushing the two countries towards a wider conflict. Ukraine denied its ships had done anything wrong, accused Russia of military aggression, and asked for the international community to mobilise to punish Russia.