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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Black Sea Fleets to Meet

KIEV () -- The Ukrainian Navy will join Russian ships this month for an exercise Ukraine hopes will help ease tension between the Slavic neighbors over the disputed Black Sea Fleet and its base on the Crimean Peninsula.

A number of Ukrainian ships will take part in the cruise along with the Russian Black Sea Fleet from April 15 to 25, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Dmytro Shkurko said Wednesday.

"It is the first time Ukrainian ships will take part in a military action of the Russian Black Sea Fleet,'' Shkurko said. "We hope our relations will be stronger after this.''