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Russian warship sinks in the Black Sea after collision

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A Russian navy ship has sunk after it collided with a Togo-flagged vessel off the Turkish coast on Thursday, shipping agent GAC said.

The Turkish coast guard said that all 78 personnel in the Russian intelligence vessel named Liman have been rescued.

Liman "sustained a hull breach due to a collision" with the ship Ashot-7, 40 kilometres northwest of the Bosphorus Strait, Russia's defence ministry said in a statement carried by Russian agencies.

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