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28 EU member states join “Azov package” of anti-Russian sanctions, - Poroshenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

EU Council of Ministers approved “Azov package” of sanctions against Russia
11:19, 19 February 2019

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine at Dragon Capital conference
Presidential Administration press office

28 EU member states joined the so-called “Azov package” of sanctions against Russia, President Poroshenko said this during the public meeting concerning the release of the Ukrainian sailors, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

“These 28 EU member states unanimously imposed sanctions against Russia for its attack against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait. This form of solidarity is extremely important,” Poroshenko said.

As it was reported, EU Council of Ministers approved “Azov package” of sanctions against Russia.

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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. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.

All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, another - to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

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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.

Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019, Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.

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As we reported, lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who deals with the defense of Ukrainian prisoners of war, confirmed that three Ukrainian sailors wounded in the Russian Navy attack on Ukrainian ships were brought from Matrosskaya Tishina to Lefortovo prison in Moscow. He also added that it happened on Monday, January 28.

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