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Matka/Vikhr Class Missile Boats

Soviet semi-hydrfoil patrol craft transferred 1996; built 1978-83.

Russia began the process of transferring the first Ukrainian naval vessel in Crimea back to Ukraine, a source in the Black Sea Fleet Headquarters told RIA Novosti on 11 April 2014. Two Black Sea tugs have begun taking the missile boat from Karantinnaya Bay in Sevastopol, the source said, referring to Ukraines Priluki missile boat. Once the Priluki leaves the port of Sevastopol, the boat would be towed to neutral waters by a Russian sea-going tug where it will be met by representatives of Ukraine.

Vitaly Yarema, the first deputy prime minister of the interim government in Kiev, avoided giving a specific deadline for the complete removal of troops and equipment from Crimea. I cannot say for sure, as it depends on a number of factors such as the pace and availability of transportation and the functioning of the railroad as well. But as of today there is nothing to hinder the process, he said.

Russian officials had said the country is ready to hand over all Ukrainian weaponry left in Crimea if Kiev provides transportation. The Russian Defense Ministry is ready and willing to complete this work by June, General Dmitry Bulgakov told reporters. Talks between Russia and Ukraine on arms transfers has centered on ground forces and equipment. There are still some 70 Ukrainian warships and other service vessels located in the waters of the Crimean Peninsula, with no established time frame for their return.

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