Ukraine directs inquiries to Russia for permission to visit Ukrainian sailors

Source : 112 Ukraine

December 4, the personnel of the Consulate will figure out information about domestic accounts, allegedly opened for Ukranian sailors, and about the transfer of funds
21:44, 3 December 2018

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Personnel of Ukrainian Consulate in Moscow sent official inquiries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the administration of the remand centers of Lefortovo and Matrosskaya Tishina regarding the possibility of visiting the prisoners of war, Lyudmila Denisova, Ukraine's Ombudsman, reports.  

‘I have received information from the Consular office of Ukraine in Moscow that its personnel directed official inquires to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the administration of remand centers of Lefortovo and Matrosskaya Tishina regarding the possibility of visiting the prisoners of war by Ukrainian consuls, including the wounded. I will immediately report on their answer,’ the Ombudsman said. 

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She has also added that the personnel of the Consulate will figure out information about domestic accounts, which were allegedly opened for Ukranian sailors, and about the transfer of funds. The relevant information will be told to the families of the prisoners of war.

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.    

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‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message.   

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It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine.  

The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law.

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