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Russian Navy ship sinks near Turkey

Russian Navy ship sinks near Turkeyā€¯

"All crew members of the research ship of the Black Sea Fleet are alive and well and are now preparing for evacuation from the Turkish rescue ship to a Russian ship", the Defense Ministry said.

All 78 crew members of the Russian ship were rescued and there were no injuries on the freighter from Togo either, the Associated Press reported.

A RUSSIAN navy reconnaissance ship has sunk off Istanbul after colliding with a freighter in the Black Sea.

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The collision was caused due to fog and low visibility, the Turkish shipping agency GAC said.

In Moscow, Russia's Defence Ministry issued a statement confirming that the vessel, the Liman, went down after the collision tore a hole in the hull below the waterline.

The Russian military said it is trying to identify the owner of the Ashot-7 ship.

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The crew on the freighter, which was carrying livestock, were also all accounted for and safe.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's advisers called their Russian counterparts to convey Ankara's sadness over the collision.

The Liman is part of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, and it returned from a voyage to the Mediterranean in January. The Russian cargo ship Ulus Star was in vicinity and headed to the scene of the accident and evacuated all the crew from the troubled navy ship.

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