191118 shipsUkrainian tugboats that have to deliver the Berdyansk, the Nikopol and the Yany Kapu ships, seized by the Russian Federation in the Kerch Strait in November 2018, arrived in the waiting area at about 04:00.

 

Defense Express reports with a reference to Ukrinform.

 

“The monitoring group of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, the editorial offices of BlackSeaNews and the Maidan of Foreign Affairs report that the tugboats arrived in the waiting area where the handover of captured Ukrainian Navy ships should take place at 04:00 (Kyiv time) on November 18, 2019,” Chair of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs Supervisory Board Andrii Klymenko posted on Facebook.

 

As noted, this place is located 18 miles (33.3 km) due south of Cape Opuk on the Kerch Peninsula, i.e. in neutral waters. According to Klymenko, the point, where the Ukrainian military ships and the Ukrainian Navy tugboat were seized almost a year ago, is about 10 miles (18.5 km) east .

 

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On November 16, Assistant to the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak announced the final stage of the return of three ships to Ukraine.

 

Ships are now being towed from the Kerch port to an agreed site for handover to the Ukrainian side, scheduled for November 18. The handover will take place in neutral waters.

 

The tugboats Tytan, Haydamaka and Sapfir were sent from Odesa to deliver the seized ships.

 

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