November 25, 2018 / 8:00 PM / 17 days ago

Ukraine says Russia seizes three of its ships in Black Sea

Russian jet fighters fly over vessels after the channel beneath a bridge connecting the Russian mainland with the Crimean Peninsula was blocked to stop three Ukrainian navy ships from entering the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait in the Black Sea, Crimea November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov

KIEV (Reuters) - The Ukrainian navy said Russian special forces had seized three of its ships in the Black Sea and that two of its sailors had been wounded in the incident.

It made the statement after earlier saying that Russia had opened fire on the ships, which Russia blocked from passing through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov. There was no immediate response to the allegation from Russia.

Ukraine’s national security council said President Petro Poroshenko had called a meeting of his military cabinet to discuss the situation.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Catherine Evans

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