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The Black Sea Fleet’s Project 1135M frigate Pytlivy is tracking the NATO ships that entered the Black Sea on Monday, a military and diplomatic source told TASS on Tuesday.

“Various forces and reconnaissance means of the Black Sea Fleet are involved in tracking the NATO ships. The guard ship Pytlivy is directly monitoring the NATO warships,” the source said.

The guided missile frigates Virginio Fasan of the Italian Navy and Fredericton of the Canadian Navy entered the Black Sea on Monday. Russia’s National Defense Control Center said that the Black Sea Fleet’s forces and capabilities were tracking the movements of the two NATO frigates.

According to the Romanian Navy’s website, during their stay in the Black Sea, the NATO frigates will surveil the sea, air and underwater situation and hold joint drills with regional partners.

Somali military nabs senior al-Shabaab militant

Somalia’s elite forces captured a senior al-Shabaab militant in the Lower Shabelle region, the Information Ministry said Tuesday.

“The elite 1st Danab Advanced Infantry Battalion conducted an operation that resulted in the capture of a high-profile senior al-Shabaab member in the vicinity of Wanlaweyn. This operation was a massive win for the Federal Government of Somalia, the Federal Member States, and the Somali Security Force,” according to a statement.

The militant was identified as Ibrahim Mohamed Roble who operated in the region.

US African Command also confirmed the operation and said: “This successful operation, led by our Somali partners, demonstrates progress.”

Wanlaweyn, is located 90 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of the capital of Mogadishu.


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