France and Germany call on Russia to release Ukrainian sailors

Source : 112 Ukraine

Germany and France have demanded to immediately release 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia
19:29, 28 December 2018
Ukrainian military ship Nikopol

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said that the capture of Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait is illegal, as DW reported.

"We demand safe, free and unimpeded transit for all ships through the Kerch Strait and the immediate and unconditional release of all illegally detained Ukrainian seafarers," Merkel and Macron said.

Related: All 24 arrested Ukrainian sailors stated they were POWs

‘They too should be able to celebrate the upcoming festivities with their families,’ the leaders of France and Germany claimed.

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. 

Related: Russian delegation in Minsk group left session hall as release of Ukrainian sailors was discussed

21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital. 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.

Related: SBU agent detained among Ukrainian sailors in Kerch Strait claims himself POW

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