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    Russia Attacks, Seizes Ukrainian Naval Vessels

    In a fresh escalation of the countries’ four-year conflict, Russia fired on and then seized three Ukrainian ships for allegedly violating its territorial waters while crossing the Kerch Strait. Russia has effectively controlled the crossing since building a bridge connecting its mainland with Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014. But both countries share the strategic Azov Sea, which the Ukrainian vessels were attempting to enter. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the move “unprovoked and crazy,” and the U.N. Security Council will address the incident today.

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