November 18, 2019 / 10:41 AM / a month ago

Russia says it has handed captured naval ships back to Ukraine

FILE PHOTO: A seized Ukrainian ship is towed by a Russian Coast Guard vessel out of the port in Kerch, near the bridge connecting the Russian mainland with the Crimean Peninsula, Crimea November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Alla Dmitrieva

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that Moscow had successfully handed three naval ships it captured last year back to Ukraine.

Ukraine has been pushing for their return as a good will gesture from Moscow ahead of a four-way peace summit on eastern Ukraine next month in Paris.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Alexander Marrow; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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