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Russian Black Sea Fleet Objects To Ukrainian Checks

Ships of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Sevastapol
Ships of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Sevastapol
KYIV -- Russian Black Sea Fleet commanders have raised objections to spot checks of their military vehicles by Ukrainian traffic police, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

After two unsanctioned convoys carrying missiles drove through Sevastopol this summer, Ukrainian authorities began checking Russian naval convoys for proper documentation.

According to Ukrainian-Russian agreements, Ukrainian authorities must be notified of all movements and maneuvers by the Russian Black Sea Fleet and show documents allowing permission for such movements.

Military sources told RFE/RL that the Russians have once again recently moved a convoy of equipment without proper permission from Ukrainian authorities.

In recent days the Russian fleet has built a large tent camp between two villages near Sevastopol. Ukrainian military sources say military equipment is being transported to this camp at night.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet has reportedly moved 12 of its missile systems to the newly built tent camp.