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Sea of trouble: Russia seizes Ukrainian vessels

It was a blowup that had been brewing for months: Moscow on Sunday seized three Ukrainian naval ships after firing across the bow near the new bridge that links annexed Crimea to mainland Russia. It's the very first time since the 2014 takeover and that the Kremlin has owned up to in a direct confrontation with Kiev. According to Moscow, the vessels violated a "prohibited area." We piece together what, exactly, happened, and what could be expected to happen next.

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Produced by Charles WENTE, Alessandro XENOS, Jimena MORALES-VELASCO.

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