Dolphins trained by the Ukrainian military for missions at sea are likely dead because they refused food from Russian handlers and starved, a top official in Kiev has claimed .
“There is a very sad story related to the dolphins,” Borys Babin, Poroshenko’s permanent representative in Crimea, told Ukrainian news site Obozrevatel.
“The dolphins, trained by the [Ukrainian] naval forces in Sevastopol, would communicate with their trainers through special whistles,” Babin said.
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Sevastopol served as the country’s main military port and Russia’s annexation effectively cost Ukraine two-thirds of its fleet, according to Reuters.