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Poroshenko urges UN to put pressure on Moscow to release Ukrainian sailors

The President of Ukraine passed this statement to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres
19:17, 20 February 2019

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko delivers speech at the UN, New York, February 20, 2019
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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko took a statement to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres with a request to continue putting pressure on Moscow to release the Ukrainian POWs, as the Head of Ukraine said delivering a speech at the UN General Assembly, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

“I brought a statement to the UN Secretary-General with a request to continue pressuring Moscow to release the Ukrainian sailors. Thousands of Ukrainians signed it over the past couple of days. I am talking on behalf of everybody. Ladies and gentlemen, we rely upon your support, and this statement, signed by the Ukrainian leaders, and this is the list of the signatures, from Ukraine, and I pass it here in New York to the Secretary-General,” the President said.

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The President’s Press Secretary Svytoslav Tseholko noted on Facebook that this statement, signed by Volodymyr Zhemchuhov, Igor Kozlovsky, Ada Rohovtseva, Igor Gordiychuk, Vadym Svyrydenko and thousands of other Ukrainians.

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.

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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.

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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