MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. Several armored gunboats that had been in service with the Ukrainian Navy and were seized as trophies during the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, may be used to guard the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol after repairs, law enforcement sources in the region have told TASS.
"There are several armored boats, captured by Russian seamen as trophies. Their fate is being decided now. One of options is to use them to guard the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol when their technical condition is restored," the sources said.
According to the sources, it is yet unknown whether the vessels will continue their service with maritime units of the Russian border guards or with the Black Sea Fleet.
Currently, work is under way to ensure their operative compatibility, they said.
TASS was unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication.
Before the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Navy had about 25 warships in service, including five patrol boats and six gunboats, as well as the Svatove small landing craft and the Gola Pristan anti-sabotage boat.
Also, the Ukrainian navy has up to 9 Gyurza/Gyurza-M armored gunboats. According to a Rossiyskaya Gazeta report, one of them was abandoned by its crew in Berdyansk.