The Ukrainian sailors captured in Kerch Strait can be exchanged for the Russians detained in Ukraine; however, it is only possible after the closure of the criminal case. President of Russia Vladimir Putin made such statement at the annual press conference as Interfax reported.
“Talking about the exchange of the sailors arrested in Russia for the Russian prisoners on the territory of Ukraine, Putin emphasized that the issue was raised many times, but such process will be possible only after the closure of the criminal case,” the message said.
On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against 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.
21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.
On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border'during the Kerch Strait incident.
Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.
On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine.