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Ukrainian Navy ships safely arrive in Mariupol

There were concerns about their passage through the Russia-controlled Kerch Strait.

Two Ukrainian ships accompanied by two armoured boats, which crossed the Russian-controlled Kerch Strait on 23 September, have safely arrived in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol in Donetsk Region.

"The Donbas search and rescue ship (A500) and the Korets tugboat (A830) arrived in Mariupol, accompanied by two small armoured artillery boats, the R177 Kremenchuk and the R178 Lubny," the Ukrainian military portal said.

The Donbas and the Korets set off from the western naval base of the Ukrainian Navy in Odesa on 20 September and headed for the Sea of Azov where the Ukrainian Navy is building a new naval base.

The two armoured artillery boats, which departed from the port of Berduansk, joined the two ships later.

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