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IMF has no legal bans on cooperation with Ukraine in martial law conditions

IMF informed that it has already worked with some states which had military conflicts on their territory
13:57, 26 November 2018

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The International Monetary Fund has no legal bans which would impede the cooperation within the conditions of martial law, as the press office of Kyiv IMF office reported, Ukrainian News informs.

The representatives of the IMF noted that the Fund has already worked with a couple of states which had military conflicts on their territory.

It is important for the Fund that the country has a reform plan and that the actions of the government facilitate its implementation.

Related: Martial law seen no obstacle to IMF aid for Kyiv: Ukraine update

Earlier on Monday, Russian media reported that three Ukrainian sailors detained on the vessels in the Sea of Azov.

Kyiv demands from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors are wounded and two of them are in the critical condition.

Related: First tranche from IMF to make 1.5 billion dollars, - media

As we reported, Kyiv urgently convened the UN Security Council because of the aggravation in Azov Sea. The Russians shelled and seized the vessels of the Ukrainian Naval Forces “Berdyansk”, “Nikopol” and “Yany Kapu”, which passed from Odesa (the Black Sea) to Mariupol (the Sea of Azov), moving through Kerch Strait. The state of 23 Ukrainian sailors is unknown.

Russian authorities said that three Ukrainian warships in the Sea of Azov illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed to the Kerch Strait. 

Related: Russia lifts restriction of civilian vessels movement across Kerch Strait

The boats of the Russian Border Guard Service opened fire on the ship group of the Ukrainian Navy, which was moving towards the exit from the Kerch Strait. 

Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

Related: EU and NATO urge Russia not to aggravate situation in Sea of Azov

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