Navy ships to be sent through Kerch Strait

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - WORLD NEWS - BY YURAS KARMANAU

Ukraine’s de­fence min­istry has warned Rus­sia it will soon send navy ships through the Kerch Strait where Rus­sia fired on and seized three Ukrainian ves­sels two weeks ago.

The an­nounce­ment sets up an­other pos­si­ble flash­point in the longsim­mer­ing con­flict be­tween Rus­sia and Ukraine that erupted in 2014 when Rus­sia’s an­nex­a­tion of the Crimean penin­sula burst into the open on Novem­ber 25 when Rus­sian border guards opened fire on three Ukrainian navy ves­sels that were mov­ing through the Kerch Strait near Crimea and seized the ships and their crews.

Ukraine re­sponded by in­tro­duc­ing martial law for 30 days, a mea­sure Kiev did not take even af­ter Crimea’s an­nex­a­tion and amid largescale fight­ing be­tween Ukrainian forces and Rus­sia-backed sep­a­ratists in 2014-2015.

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