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Families of captured Ukrainian sailors to receive $3,600

The means are provided in the state budget
15:52, 5 December 2018

A ship blocks passage under the Crimean bridge over the Kerch Strait on Nov. 25
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Ukraine’s Government decided to allocate $3,600 for every family of the Ukrainian sailors who were captured in Kerch Strait and then taken to Moscow, as Vadym Chernysh, Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories, 112 Ukraine reported.

According to him, such sum is provided by the relevant government decree.

“There are means in the state budget, they were intended for other categories of persons, for the political prisoners and individuals who are deprived of personal freedom due to political motivation or for social activities. The Government decided that these means can be spent on payments for the POWs. These means are provided in the current state budget,” he noted.

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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.   

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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