The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation opened fire on the naval vessels and are trying to take them by storm.
It is reported that one of the Ukrainian small armored artillery boats was damaged, several sailors were injured.
Later, press center of the Ukrainian Navy has confirmed that after leaving the 12-mile zone, Russia’s coast guard ships opened fire at Ukraine’s navy group. Damaged one “Berdyansk” small armored artillery boat.
The Ukrainian navy says Russia has opened fire on its ships in the Black Sea. “Berdyansk” small armored artillery boat was hit by the strikes, injuring a crew member, the Ukrainian navy said.
There were also reported that three of Ukraine’s ships had been captured by Russia after a day of rising tensions off the coast of Crimea.
Radio interception, as an evidence of purposeful aggressive escalation of the situation (in the Black and Azov seas) which was ordered by millitary and military-political leadership of the Russian Federation.
The Gurza-class is a series of small armored artillery boats. The forward and aft sections of the boat are fitted with a BM-5M.01 Katran-M remote-controlled naval combat module. Each turret is fitted with two 30mm automatic grenade launchers. Armament of the boat also includes a 30mm ZTM-1 automatic gun, 7.62mm CT machine gun, and laser-guided man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS).
Early, our source has reported that the Russian side is preparing a special operation to seize the Ukrainian warships, which are located in the Kerch area under the auspices of the National Guard or Rosgvardia and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.
it is reported that Russian special forces have already arrived on helicopters that equipped with night vision systems in the area of the Kerch bridge. Several Mi-8 transport helicopters with special troops on a board landed near the village of Zavetnoe.
*This is a developing story. More details will be added as they emerge.