Russia's FSB Says Gathering Extra Proof Of Ukrainian Sailors Committing Crime In Azov Sea

Russia's FSB Says Gathering Extra Proof of Ukrainian Sailors Committing Crime in Azov Sea

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) is engaged in gathering additional evidence proving that Ukrainian sailors detained during the Kerch Strait incident had committed a crime, Mikhail Shishov, the head of the investigations office of FSB, said on Saturday.

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 08th December, 2018) The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) is engaged in gathering additional evidence proving that Ukrainian sailors detained during the Kerch Strait incident had committed a crime, Mikhail Shishov, the head of the investigations office of FSB, said on Saturday.

"Scheduled investigative actions are taken as part of the criminal case to collect and register any additional evidence of the crime in question," Shishov said at a briefing at Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

On November 25, three ships of the Ukrainian Navy � Berdyansk, Nikopol, and Yany Kapu � breached the Russian border, entered Russian territorial waters that were temporarily closed, and began moving toward the Kerch Strait, which serves as an entrance into the Sea of Azov.

The Ukrainian vessels and 24 sailors on board were detained by Russia after failing to respond to a lawful demand to stop.

Earlier in the day, Shishov slammed Ukrainian attempts to portray the detained sailors as prisoners of war, emphasizing that criminal charges had been brought against them, and Russia and Ukraine were not waging war.

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