JRL NEWSWATCH: “Ukraine Says Will Send Naval Ships Through Kerch Strait Soon” – AP

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“Ukraine’s defense ministry warned Russia on Friday that 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 long-simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine that erupted in 2014 with Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula … [O]n Nov. 25  … 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. … Speaking in Rome at a ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, … Lavrov brushed off suggestions Russia could release or exchange the 24 Ukrainian seamen captured …. Lavrov said it was too early to speak about any offers of a prisoner swap until Russia’s investigation of the incident is completed and the servicemen are put on trial for violating the Russian border. …”

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