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Russians Scuttle Another Ship to Block Ukrainian Fleet

  • Russian warships sit at the entrance to the main harbour in Sebastopol to stop Ukrainian naval vessels leaving. March 6, 2014. Further up the coast, they have scuttled vessels at the mouth of the Donuzlav inlet, where the Ukrainians have a naval base. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
    Russian warships sit at the entrance to the main harbour in Sebastopol to stop Ukrainian naval vessels leaving. March 6, 2014. Further up the coast, they have scuttled vessels at the mouth of the Donuzlav inlet, where the Ukrainians have a naval base. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

At 7:30 on Friday [March 7] morning, the Russian Black Sea Fleet blew up and scuttled a diving support vessel near the Ukrainian armed forces Southern Military Base in Lake Donuzlav [large sea inlet in western Ukraine, site of naval base].

Ukrainska Pravda was told this at the Ukrainian defence ministry’s Crimean regional media centre.

The vessel is a BM-416-class firefighting launch of 30-40 tons. It was scuttled to prevent Ukrainian [naval] ships sailing out to sea.

On Thursday, the Ochakov [Russian anti-submarine destroyer] was scuttled in the same location. Eupatoria district is currently stable.
 

This article republished from Ukrainska Pravda with kind permission.

Original article in Russian.