Russia ruined Ukrainian naval vessels before handing them back
After staying moored in Russian-occupied Crimea for a year, three Ukrainian navy vessels, Nikopol and Berdyansk and Yany Kapu were returned by Russia in a very poor condition, Ukraine says.
The fast gunboats Nikopol and Berdyansk and the tugboat Tany Kapu were welcomed by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and onlookers waving national flags arrived in Ochakiv.
According to Ukraine’s top naval commander Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, the vessels were slowly trailed by tugboats to the Ochakiv military terminal, since they were not capable of navigating on their own. Ukrainian navy chief Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko told Ukrainian television's '4th channel' the ships had not yet reached Ukrainian territorial waters because they were being towed so slowly.
"They even took the ceiling lights, plug sockets, and lavatories," he said. "They do not go on their own. The Russians ruined them - even took off lamps, power outlets and toilets. We will show the whole world the Russian barbarism towards them."
The arrival of the vessels was met by crowds of civilians and the country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky also showed up at the scene.
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