Crimea news: Two ships ablaze after EXPLOSION in Kerch Strait – crews jump into sea

Crimea news: Two ships ablaze after EXPLOSION in Kerch Strait - crews jump into sea

A ship ablaze in the disputed Kerch Strait Witnesses reported explosions said desperate crew members were jumping into the sea to escape the flames on the blazing vessels. Russian officials said the ships had crews of 31 people in total including Turkish and Indian citizens. They said an emergency search and rescue operation was under way. The Kerch Strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov and is the sole access point for ships travelling to and from Ukraine’s eastern port cities, most notably Mariupol. While both Ukraine and Russia agreed to the principle of freedom of movement through the strait and the Sea of Azov, Russia has controlled both sides of the strait since the Vladimir Putin annexation of Crimea in 2014. BREAKING NEWS. MORE FOLLOWS….

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