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Ukraine asks Guterres to apply pressure on Russia amidst detention of Ukrainian sailors

Ukraine's ambassador to UN Volodymyr Yelchenko sent Secretary-General respective letter
10:16, 18 January 2019

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Ukraine's mission in the UN insists that Russia remains under pressure in the view of the illegal detention of Ukrainian sailors. This is mentioned in the letter of Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Ukrainian ambassador in the UN. His press office quoted him on Twitter.   

'Ukraine demands that the Russian Federation respect the rights of 24 Ukrainian servicemen captured in the Black Sea on November 25, 2018, given their POW status in line with the international humanitarian law', reads the message.

The Ukrainian diplomat passed the UN Secretary-General a copy of the Foreign Ministry's statement, in which the authority urged the international community to consolidate pressure on Russia so as to release the captives.

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

21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital. 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.

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