Ministry for Veteran Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs plans to impose sanctions against people involved in the detention of Ukrainian sailors in Kerch Strait, as the ministry reported.
“The specialists of Veteran Affairs Ministry gathered enough information about people involved in the act of armed aggression at the vessels of Ukraine’s Navy, which were captured by law enforcers on November 25, 2018, in Kerch Strait. Besides, against the so-called ‘investigators’, ‘prosecutors’ and ‘judges’ who held politically motivated persecutions, trials over Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol,” the message said.
The ministry along with the Crimean Human Rights group prepared a draft regulation on imposing restrictive measures against a few dozens people. It is submitted to profile bodies for agreement.
Then the draft regulation will be submitted for the consideration of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and in the case of adoption by the government, it will become the ground for the adoption of the decision on the sanctions by the National Security and Defense Council.
24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd.