MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. Ukrainian forces have shelled a Russian civilian vessel, which was sailing from Greece to Taganrog, in the Sea of Azov, criminal proceedings have been initiated, the Russian Investigative Committee said on Saturday.
"The Main Investigative Department of the Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case of attempted homicide after the shelling of a Russian vessel," the statement says.
On March 12, Ukrainian troops, who are fighting in Ukraine’s southeast, attacked with indiscriminate weapons the Russian civilian cargo ship Sormovskiy 3064 in the Sea of Azov. The ship was sailing from a Greek port to Taganrog. No casualties are reported.
According to the Investigative Committee, at the time of shelling the ship was 12 kilometers north off the village of Shabelskoye, the Shcherbinovsky district in Russia’s Krasnodar Region. The ship caught fire after a shell had hit the first mate’s cabin. Thanks to the crew’s actions, the fire was localized and the ship left the impact area.
The Investigative Committee said that Ukrainian servicemen involved in the shelling are being identified.