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    Russia Fires on, Seizes Ukrainian Vessels

    In an escalation of the four-year conflict over eastern Ukraine, Russia’s navy fired upon Ukrainian vessels in the Azov Sea and admitted to seizing three “warships” Sunday. Russia said the vessels, one of which Ukraine said was a tugboat, taken near the Crimean peninsula Moscow annexed in 2014, illegally entered its territorial waters. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko called Moscow’s actions, which included blocking the only Azov Sea exit with a tanker ship, “unprovoked and crazy.” Kiev has asked for international action against Russia and for the U.N. Security Council to address the incident.

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