Russia returns seized Ukrainian naval ships

Russia has returned three naval ships it captured from Ukraine last year.

The handover took place off the coast of the disputed Crimea region.

At the time of the seizure, Russia accused the Ukrainian navy of illegally entering its waters.

This move is the latest effort to ease tensions between the two countries before a peace summit next month.

Russia and Ukraine have been locked in conflict since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.