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I ordered phone conversation with Putin, no reply, - Poroshenko

The Ukrainian leader wanted to get to Putin and discuss the release of Ukrainian POWs captured in the Sea of Azov
22:16, 27 November 2018

Poroshenko with Ukrainian TV reporters
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he tried contacting his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin. However, the Russian presidential administration still has not replied to his request.

'In the nighttime, I ordered a phone conversation with Russian president Putin; we got no reply', Poroshenko said in his interview with three Ukrainian TV channels. 

He also added that because of that circumstance, he had to turn to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, asking her to discuss the issue of release of Ukrainian POWs, captured in the Sea of Azov on November 25.

As we reported earlier 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.   

Related: Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia at Kerch Strait transferred for “trial” in Simferopol, - Mejlis Chairman

Kyiv demanded from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors are wounded and two of them were in the critical condition.

Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova named the exact number of the detained Ukrainian servicemen – 24. Moskalkova added that “procedural actions connected with the establishment of the facts of the events. If a military vessel enters the waters, certainly, this is a violation of the borders, this is a socially dangerous act, which demands a special qualification and procedure.”

Related: Kremlin tells when Putin explains situation in Azov Sea area

Later it was reported that the Ukrainian servicemen taken captive in Kerch Strait are being forced to give false testimony. The Commander of Ukraine’s Navy noted that the lawyers have already met with these servicemen.

Related: Incident in Azov Sea became 'extraordinary event' in 4.5 years of Russian aggression, - Poroshenko

Related: Russian FSB searches captured Ukrainian vessels, retrieves weapons

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