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Azov crisis: Russia unwilling to discuss Ukrainian sailors release

Ukraine’s Representative to the Trilateral Contact Group Yevhen Marchuk stated that Russia tried to leave when this issue was raised
09:11, 14 March 2019

Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine’s Representative to the Trilateral Contact Group
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Ukraine’s Representative to the Trilateral Contact Group Yevhen Marchuk stated that Russia refused to discuss Ukraine’s demands concerning release of the Ukrainian sailors, captured in Kerch Strait last years, as Radio Liberty reported.

“Russian side categorically refused to discuss this issue, they have even tried to leave when I expressed Ukraine’s position in this regard. Yet, they stayed and listened,” he said.

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Russia also refuses to negotiate exchange of 25 for 25 (25 Russians who serve their sentences in Ukraine’s prisons for 25 Ukrainians kept in Russia).

“The representatives of ORDLO (Separated Districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, - ed.) have no desire to discuss the prisoners’ exchange, we were discussing it in details before,” Marchuk noted.

March 7, Ukraine agreed on a new ceasefire in Donbas since March 8 at the session of the Trilateral Contact Group.

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