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Sunday 15 September 2019

Russia releases footage of seized Ukrainian crew members

The seamen admit violating the Russian border but it is not clear if they are speaking under duress.

Footage from a Russian Coast Guard vessel purporting to show an incident between the Russian coast guard and a Ukrainian tugboat (FSP/AP)
Footage from a Russian Coast Guard vessel purporting to show an incident between the Russian coast guard and a Ukrainian tugboat (FSP/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Russia’s main intelligence agency has released a video of three crew members of the Ukrainian vessels that were seized on Sunday.

The FSB put out the video, showing interviews with three seamen, all of whom confirmed that they violated the Russian border.

It was not immediately possible to ascertain if the men were talking under duress.

One of them was clearly reading from a teleprompter.

Russian border guards on Sunday fired at three Ukrainian navy vessels as they were trying to make their way through the Kerch Strait near Russian-occupied Crimea.

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A ship under the the Kerch bridge blocks the passage to the Kerch Strait (AP)

The Russians then seized the ships and their crews.

The escalation over the weekend was the first overt military confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.

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