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Russia does not give back Ukraine its 9 warships from annexed Crimea

On the territory of the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia, remained nine warships and other vessels, as well as aircraft and helicopters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It was reported by Vladyslav Seleznyov, a representative of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russia does not give back Ukraine its 9 warships from annexed Crimea

According to Seleznyov, the issue of returning the ships to Ukraine has got hung up. In June last year, Russia decided to suspend the return of military equipment from occupied Crimea to mainland Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Radio Svododa.

"According to official data, 35 units of ships, boats and support vessels, including combat ships, are in Crimea. We are talking about the corvettes Ternopil, Lutsk, Khmelnitsky, the Prydniprovia missile corvette, the Slavutych command ship, the sea minesweepers Chernihiv and Cherkasy, the large landing ship Konstantyn Olshansky, the submarine Zaporizhia, and a number of other vessels and support ships. Also, in Crimea remained two units of the flying boat Be-12 – a plane and one Mi-9 helicopter," Seleznyov reported.

He notes that the ships deployed earlier in Sevastopol, were transferred to other coves and now their location is unknown. The vessels that were previously in the Donuzlav Bay are still there at the harbor wall, Seleznyov says.

According to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready to continue the movement of equipment to the territory of mainland Ukraine, but they need appropriate agreements at the level of foreign ministries of Ukraine and Russia. At the moment, the Ukrainian party can not control the use of its equipment.