Ukrainian naval ship Svavutich raises Russian flag - media reports

The Ukrainian naval ship Svavutich has raised the Russian flag, the Sevastopol news portal ForPost has reported.

The Ukrainian naval ship Svavutich has raised the Russian flag, the Sevastopol news portal ForPost has reported.

All Ukrainian military have left the ship, the report says.

According to earlier reports, 72 Ukrainian military units and establishments deployed on the Crimean peninsula, including 25 supply vessels and six naval ships, raised Russian flags as of March 21.

The commanders and heads of 72 military units, establishments and ships of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry decided to voluntarily join the Russian Armed Forces for further service there after the publication of the Russian presidential decree on the recognition of the military ranks and education documents of Russian citizens who are servicemen in military directorates and military units of the Republic of Crimea and documents on military service.

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