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Germany is ready to send its naval vessels to Black Sea

The Ukrainian, German delegations discussed the possible ways of support of Ukraine and build-up of its defense capabilities
12:24, 31 January 2019

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Germany reassured that it is ready to continue the support of Ukraine in the de-escalation and deterrence of the Russian armed aggression, including the provision of the military presence of the naval vessels of German Navy in the Black Sea as Ukraine’s Defense Ministry reported.

“The German side reassured in the readiness to continue the support of Ukraine in the de-escalation and deterrence of the Russian armed aggression, including the provision of the military presence of the naval vessels of German Navy, striving for release of the Ukrainian sailors and comprehensive support of the reforms in Ukraine’s security and defense sector,” the message said.

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The issue was raised during the meeting of Anatoly Petrenko, the Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine for European Integration with Michael Zilbert, the German Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and parliamentary State Secretary of Defense Ministry Thomas Silberhorn in Germany.

The sides considered the prospects of the extension of the military and technical cooperation between two countries, build-up of the military and naval capabilities of Ukraine.

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Besides, the prospects of the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in the east of Ukraine and deployment of the OSCE observers in the Black and Azov Seas were discussed. It can take place aiming for prevention of the escalation of the armed conflict. Moreover, the assumed measures and general strategy of the release of the Ukrainian POWs, their state of health were discussed.

As we reported, lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who deals with the defense of Ukrainian prisoners of war, confirmed that three Ukrainian sailors wounded in the Russian Navy attack on Ukrainian ships were brought from Matrosskaya Tishina to Lefortovo prison in Moscow. He also added that it happened on Monday, January 28.

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On November 25, 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, another - to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

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On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.

Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019 Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.

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