Sevastopol welcomes Russian Navy ship with salute

Three-colour Russian and St. Andrew flags from the morning on Saturday coloured the sea coast along the way of the small-size missile ship Mirage, which has returned to the base in Sevastopol from the Caucasian coasts.

Hundreds of people under Russian flags welcomed the Black Sea Fleet ship on Russian Flag Day. When the Mirage came into the Sevastopol bay, it was welcomed with fireworks over the breakwater and resounding "Hurrah, Russia", the wave of which then accompanied the ship to the mooring place. More than 500 Sevastopol residents took the most prestige place -- Grafskaya Pier.

Earlier, a group of Ukrainian nationalists, which attempted to stage their own scenario of the meeting, was rebuffed there. Sevastopol police had to protect about 15 members of "the Student Fraternity" and representatives of other anti-Russian-provocations-skilled Ukrainian ultra-nationalist organisations from outraged city residents.

When the Mirage came, the group under Ukrainian flags despondently stood surrounded by a reliable ring of public order guards.

[Source: Itar Tass, Sevastopol, 22Aug08]

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