“I want to appeal to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin: all of us have children. Return children to their parents,” Zelensky said.
Earlier during the briefing, Zelenksy stated that Foreign Ministry does not agree its actions with him. Particularly, the president of Ukraine mentioned the protest of the Foreign Ministry against Russia’s note on return of the Ukrainian sailors.
On May 25, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea obliged Russia to immediately release 24 Ukrainian sailors and three vessels, which were captured in Kerch Strait, November 2018 and provide their return to Ukraine.
We recall, on November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.
As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.