- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Roughly 80 Russian sailors were saved in the Black Sea on Thursday after their spy ship crashed into a vessel carrying livestock.

Russian news agencies said no one died after the naval reconnaissance ship
Liman hit the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H near Bosphorus, Turkey. Fog was blamed for the accident.

“We don’t know our losses yet, but thank God there is no loss of life — neither from our side nor from the other ship,” a spokesman for Hammami Livestock told Reuters.

Turkey’s state-run news agency said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim spoke with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev shortly after the incident, CBS News reported.

Russian spy ships last made U.S. headlines in mid-February when the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov lurked off the East Coast. The 300-foot long vessel was spotted 70 miles off the coast of Delaware.

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