Russia-Ukraine tensions rise after capture of Ukrainian ships

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Tensions between Russia and Ukraine rise after a naval confrontation near the Kerch Strait.

Two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug boat departed on Sunday morning from the Black Sea port of Odessa and were headed to Mariupol, a north coast city on the Sea of Azov, on November 25th.

According to BBC, as the boats approached the Kerch Strait, they were intercepted by Russian boats. Russian coast guard opened fire on the Ukrainian vessels, ramming one of its ships against a Ukrainian boat.

Russian fighter jets and helicopters patrolled the area around the strait as the boats attempted to approach the channel. They also blocked the bridge with a tanker.

Ukrainian authorities claim six crew members were injured during the encounter, while Russian authorities maintain only of the sailors suffered injuries.

Kerch Strait is the only waterway separating Crimea from the Russian mainland. Beyond the strait is The Sea of Azov which—according to a 2003 bilateral treaty—counts as shared territorial waters.

The BBC reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Ukrainian navy had "ignored the rules of peaceful passage in the territorial sea of the Russian Federation."

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced martial law in regions bordering Russia, Belarus, and the separatist region of Trans-Dniester.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Representation of location of Ukrainian and Russian vessel's encounter
2. Depiction of Russian coast guard ship hitting Ukrainian tugboat
3. Portrayal of Russian authorities patrolling Kerch Strait
4. Representations of injured crewmen according to Ukrainian and Russian authorities

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug boat departed on Sunday morning from the Black Sea port of Odessa and were headed to Mariupol, a north coast city on the Sea of Azov, on November 25th."

"According to the BBC, as the boats approached the Kerch Strait, they were intercepted by Russian boats. Russian coast guard opened fire on the Ukrainian vessels, ramming one of its ships against a Ukrainian boat."

"Russian fighter jets and helicopters patrolled the area around the strait as the boats attempted to approach the channel. They also blocked the bridge with a tanker."

"Ukrainian authorities claim six crew members were injured during the encounter while Russian authorities maintain only of the sailors suffered injuries."

SOURCES: BBC, AP
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46340283
https://www.apnews.com/8a8cd9a266a3440abba77fc6d02f8ce