URGENT: Russian Navy fired upon Ukrainian gun boats and seized them. Is it war?

2130 UTC: One more important detail – AIS in Kerch Strait is off, during last 22 hours. How did Russian Navy or whatever, managed to switch it off, to block AIS signals from ships in Kerch Strait, I don’t know. But AIS is off.

2000 UTC Nov 25: Russian Navy seized two Ukrainian gun boats and tug, and as of 2000 UTC was towing them to Russian waters, ships’ crews locked themselves inside the ships and refused to surrender, so far. At least one Ukrainian sailor wounded. Both gun ships were fired upon, and damaged.

1900 UTC Nov 25: Ukrainian Navy Command reported escalation of the conflict between Ukrainian Navy gun boats and Russian Navy – gun boats were fired upon (being outside Russian territorial waters), one damaged, lost speed, one crew wounded, Russian Navy preparing to storm disabled boat. Is it an Act of War, or what?
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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.