Ukraine says Russian Federation has seized three ships in Black sea

Ukrainian Navy Press Service on Sunday Nov. 25 2018 two Ukrainian forces navy ships are seen near Crimea. The Ukrainian navy says a Russian coast guard vessel rammed a Ukrainian navy tugboat near Crimea dama

Later, press center of the Ukrainian Navy has confirmed that after leaving the 12-mile zone, Russia's coast guard ships opened fire at Ukraine's navy group.

The provocative actions of three Ukrainian naval ships in the Black Sea has continued for some five hours, the FSB noted earlier on Sunday, adding that it was doing everything possible to put an end to the aggressive moves by Kiev.

A Rossiya 24 correspondent reporting from the area of the Kerch Strait bridge near Crimea said Russia's tactic had completely blocked the bridge, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, and that Russian military helicopters were circling overhead.

After that incident, Russian authorities closed passage by civilian ships through the Kerch Strait.

There were also unconfirmed reports that three Ukrainian ships had been captured by Russian Federation - after a day of rising tensions off the coast of Crimea.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea rose this year after Ukraine detained two Russian ships for port calls in Russian Crimea, which Ukraine continues to consider its territory.

Russia blocks Kerch Strait amid confrontation with Ukraine
Ukrainian navy says one of its tugboats was rammed by a Russian ship near Crimea

It said one small-sized Ukrainian armored artillery boat was damaged and was "dead in the water".

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Facebook that the incident was characteristic of Ukrainian behavior: provoke, pressure and blame for aggression. It has claimed the waters off Crimea after annexing the peninsula in 2014.

The Kerch Strait links the Azov Sea with the Black Sea.

Ukrainian Navy spokesman Oleh Chalyk told Ukraine's Kanal 5 TV that the tugboat "established contact with a coast-guard outpost" operated by the FSB Border Service and "communicated its intention to sail through the Kerch Strait".

Russia's border guard service accused Ukraine of not informing it in advance of the journey, something Kiev denied, and said the Ukrainian ships had been maneuvering dangerously and ignoring its instructions with the aim of stirring up tensions. The Ukrainian navy said several ships were taken over by Russian special forces.

Ukraine accused a Russian coastguard vessel, named the Don, of ramming one of its tugboats in "openly aggressive actions".

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