A Ukrainian naval ship, with a soldier standing in front of a Ukrainian flag

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The Ukrainian navy accuses Russia of ramming and damaging one among its tugs

Ukraine’s navy says Russia has opened fireplace and seized three of its vessels off the coast of the annexed Crimea, in a serious escalation of tensions.

It stated two gunboats and a tug have been captured by Russian particular forces after a chase. Two Ukrainian crew members have been injured.

Russia is but to touch upon the claims.

It earlier accused Ukraine of illegally getting into Russian waters, blocking entry to the Sea of Azov with a tanker put underneath a bridge within the Kerch Strait.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko known as an pressing assembly of his “warfare cupboard”, his spokesperson stated.

Tensions have risen within the seas off the Crimean peninsula – annexed by Russia in 2014 – in current months.

In an announcement, the Ukrainian navy stated the Berdyansk and the Nikopol gunboats have been hit and disabled as they tried to depart the realm.

It stated the tug was pressured to cease.

Russia earlier scrambled two fighter jets and two helicopters to watch the Ukrainian vessels.