SEVASTOPOL / AK-YAR (QHA) -

The Russian military in Crimea use the Ukrainian Navy ships, which remained on the peninsula as component donors for the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, the Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, Vice-Admiral Igor Voronchenko said in an interview with "Channel 5".

In particular, the Commander of the Navy states that a Ukrainian large landing ship "Konstantin Olshansky" is disassembled to replenish spare parts for the occupiers’ "Syrian Express", and the corvettes "Lutsk" and "Ternopil" dismantled for small antisubmarine ships of the RF Black Sea Fleet.

“Ships were isolated as the equipment of a foreign state. But according to our information, they are used as donors and disassembled... The occupiers’ "Syrian Express" and large amphibious ships are constantly running on transfers into the sea and our "Konstantin Olshansky" is used as a donor-ship. "Ternopil" and "Lutsk" are used for their small anti-submarine ships, keeping the "watch" at our gas deposits,” the Commander said.

Vice Admiral stressed the need to try the practice of international diplomatic pressure to force the Russian invaders return the Ukrainian ships to the same condition in which they were left in the Crimea, or else to seek recovery of the corresponding financial compensation.

Reference: The Ukrainian ships "Konstantin Olshansky", "Lutsk" and "Ternopil" of the Ukrainian Navy were among the 51 ship, captured by Russian occupants during the annexation of the Crimea in 2014.

Landing ship "Konstantin Olshansky" was captured March 24, 2014 in Lake Donuzlav in Crimea. Then, according to an eyewitness, 21 members of the Ukrainian landing ship crew were just not able to withstand two hundred armed Russian military. Finally Ukrainian sailors filled the ship's engines with cement [in another version - with sand - ed.], so that the occupants could not transport it. Russian invaders had to pull the ship in tow. Most of the crew members of "Kontantina Olshansky" remained faithful to the oath of Ukraine and later went ashore.

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