Ukraine's navy two years after Russia's annexation of Crimea – Ukraine Today

14:40, 05 March 2016
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Nearly two years ago Russian forces took control of naval bases in Crimea. In the first three weeks of Russia's illegal annexation of the peninsula, Ukrainian navy lost 37 vessels to the occupation, according to Ukraine Today.

Ukraine managed to salvage several ships including flagship “Hetman Sagaidachniy,” which is now moored in the port city of Odesa, Ukraine Today reports.

During the maritime standoff in 2014, the crew members of the ships which refused to be towed by the Russian navy were given a difficult choice. They were committed to defying Russian orders but they knew their families in Crimea could potentially be under threat.

Read alsoUT Exclusive: Inside the Ukrainian warship that evaded Russian capture (Video)Ukraine's navy now consists of close to 6,000 servicemen down from nearly 14,000. But despite the considerable loss since 2014 the navy is slowly beginning to grow with the graduating class of naval cadets and new recruits.

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