Black Sea politics

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The commander of the Black Sea Fleet ordered all ships yesterday to hoist the Soviet-era ensign in an attempt to quash an officers' protest against a decision to split the force equally between Russia and Ukraine, Reuter reports from Moscow. But Marshal Yevgeny Shaposhnikov, secretary-designate of Russia's powerful Security Council, denounced the Russian-Ukrainian deal. He said Ukraine should receive at most 20 per cent of the former Soviet fleet's 300 ships.