From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: “Ukraine’s top security body accused Russia on July 24 of stirring up tensions between the two countries after it tried to transport cruise missiles through the streets of the southern Ukrainian town of Sevastopol . . .
Ukrainian police said on July 23 officers blocked from leaving the base a convoy of trucks attempting to transport cruise missiles through the town — days before celebrations marking Russia’s annual Navy Day. It was the third incident this month, Ukrainian authorities said . . .
Russia sees NATO encroachment to its borders as a threat to its security and was troubled by joint Ukrainian-NATO naval exercises last July in the Black Sea.
Tensions hit a peak the following month, when Russia sent warships from the base to Georgia during its five-day war, despite Yushchenko’s support for Tbilisi.