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Russia must provide information about captured sailors today, - Poroshenko

The Head of Ukraine expressed hope that this would happen and “unlawful acts against our sailors will be finally suspended”
12:44, 3 December 2018

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According to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, Russia has to provide information about capturing the Ukrainian sailors in neutral waters of Azov Sea, as President Poroshenko said opening the forum “70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights: agenda for Ukraine,” 112 Ukraine reported.

“As a reaction to Ukraine’s appeal, the ECHR made an urgent and important decision: the organization obligated Russia to provide information about the capturing of the Ukrainian sailors, the legal reasons for the detention, the place of their detention, caused injuries, the medical care they receive. Russia has to provide this information today,” he noted.

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The Head of Ukraine expressed hope that this would happen and “unlawful acts against our sailors will be finally suspended.”

“It’s a lie, they are not criminals. According to the international law and Geneva Convention, they have a POW status and we demand to release them immediately and return sailors and vessels to Ukraine,” he stressed.

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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.   

‘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, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements. 

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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