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Ukrainian Sailors Surrender Submarine to Russian Navy

Russian Navy sailors remove the Ukrainian State emblem from the Ukrainian submarine "Zaporozhye" at the former Ukrainian Navy base in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday.SERGEI ILNITSKY / EPA

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Ukrainian Navy sailors in Crimea surrendered a diesel-electric powered "Foxtrot"-class submarine to Russia on Saturday after it was reportedly surrounded by ships from Russia's Black Sea Fleet. A naval news website in Russia, flot.com, said the submarine's captain agreed to transfer the vessel, Zaporozhye, which was launched in 1970 and has a crew of 78, to the Black Sea Fleet. The reports came a day after Russian military personnel boarded and occupied three Ukrainian warships in Crimea on Friday.

Russian sailors removed the Ukrainian State emblem, above, before the vessel was towed away from the former Ukrainian Naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea.

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 Russian Navy sailors prepare to tow the surrendered Ukrainian submarine. SERGEI ILNITSKY / EPA
 Military caps thrown by Ukrainian submariners as a last farewell float in the water as the surrendered Ukrainian submarine is towed to the Russian Black Sea Fleet base. SERGEI ILNITSKY / EPA
 A Russian Navy sailor carries away the removed Ukrainian State emblem from the surrendered Ukrainian submarine. SERGEI ILNITSKY / EPA

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