Russian and Ukrainian Boats – level 3

03-12-2018 07:00

Following months of growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, a video shows the moment that a Ukrainian boat and a Russian coast guard vessel collided off the coast of Crimea.

There were in total three Ukrainian vessels sailing in the sea when the incident happened. Russia said that they made an unauthorised passage through Russian territorial waters, and the Russian boat later opened fire on the vessels before seizing them.

Ukrainian authorities, on the other hand, said that their boats did nothing wrong and accused Russia of military aggression.

Difficult words: tensions (problems, negative feelings), coast guard (the people who protect the coast of a country), collide (crash into), vessel (a boat), seize (formally capture or take).

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