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Ukraine's MFA urges Russia to voice exact date of Ukrainian POWs release

The diplomatic note, sent to Russia, contains information about the ways Ukraine can take back its ships and when Ukrainian consuls can return Ukrainian sailors.
08:08, 28 May 2019

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Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal stated Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry prepared a diplomatic note to Russia which was sent to Russian Foreign Ministry on May 27, as she said in an interview for RadioNV.

In particular, Zerkal added that the note contains information about the ways Ukraine can take back its ships and when Ukrainian consuls can return Ukrainian sailors.

“The enhancement of the pressure occurs with all the tools. Speaking of sanctions, we will also raise this question, we will raise a question on non-fulfillment of orders. We have lots of options, and we will use them,” she noted.

Related: Russia's unwillingness to release Ukrainian sailors could be reason for sanctions - lawyer

Besides, Zerkal added that on May 28, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry would address to the international partners and urge all the foreign ministers to appeal to Russia with a demand to fulfill the decision of the international tribunal.

As it was reported, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will announce the decision on the case of three ships of the Ukrainian Navy and 24 sailors approximately on May 25. 

Related: Not its jurisdiction: Russia reacts to ITLOS decision to release Ukrainian sailors

In November 2018, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.

All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

Related: ITLOS obliges Russia to report on release of Ukrainian sailors no later than June 25

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