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Russia bolsters Black Sea fleet with new patrol vessel

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By ITN News Editor December 21, 2018 13:29

Russia bolsters Black Sea fleet with new patrol vessel

Russian navy held a ceremony to celebrate the latest addition to the Black Sea fleet in annexed Crimea.Patrol ship “Vasily Bykov” will enhance the Black Sea fleet’s capacity to defend maritime economic zones. According to the military media outlet, the vessel is outfitted with 57 millimeter naval artillery guns and can reach a top speed of 30 knots. The vessel became the latest display of power in the contested waters around the Crimean peninsula following Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian naval ship in the Kerch Strait last month. As a result of the standoff, Ukraine announced martial law in regions neighbouring Russia while Russian military deployed S-400 missiles along Crimea’s bottleneck with Ukraine in the most dangerous escalation since 2014.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 21, 2018 13:29

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