Russia fired on three Ukrainian ships within the Black Sea on Sunday, injuring at the least two crew members, after which seized the vessels, Ukraine stated — as tensions between the 2 nations reached a near-boiling level.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko known as an emergency assembly of his struggle cupboard in response to the incident, in accordance with The Guardian UK.

There was rising unease within the area as Russia has steadily labored to extend its zone of management round Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.

However hostilities escalated Sunday when Russia prevented three Ukrainian vessels from passing beneath a Russian-controlled bridge within the Kerch Strait, which connects the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea.

Two artillery ships and a tug boat have been subsequently fired on and seized, the Ukranian navy stated.

However the Russian Federal Safety Service, Russia’s principal safety company, stated there was “irrefutable proof that Kiev ready and orchestrated provocations” — vowing to make extra details about the incident public.

Earlier within the day, the Ukrainian navy stated Russia’s coast guards had rammed one among its tugboats within the Black Sea off of Crimea in what it perceived as an “overtly aggressive motion.”

The assertion from Ukraine stated Russia had been knowledgeable upfront concerning the tugboat’s deliberate journey.

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