Ukraine fires on smugglers

Ukraine has taken new measures to increase its maritime security capabilities.

Ukrainian Gunboat Fires Shots to Halt Suspected Smugglers

On New Year’s Eve, the Ukrainian gunboat Pryluky intercepted a suspected smuggling vessel in the Black Sea by firing warning shots across its bow.

In the last hours of the year, the Ukrainian Navy and other domestic security services detected the suspect vessel off Ukraine’s coast. The Navy command center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces dispatched the Pryluky to meet and inspect it, and the gunboat intercepted the suspect vessel in Ukraine’s territorial waters. However, despite radio communications and an order to stop, the unnamed vessel would not halt for a boarding and inspection. The Pryluky pursued it and fired a warning shot across its bow, compelling the vessel to comply.

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