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Russian ombudswoman Moskalkova does not respond to Ukraine's requests, - Denisova

The Ukrainian side cannot specify the actual number of sailors on the vessels captured by Russian special forces on November 25; there's no connection with the sailors in Kerch Strait, the Ukrainian ombudswoman claims
09:56, 26 November 2018

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Russian envoy for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova has not replied to Ukraine's requests about the fate of Ukrainian sailors in the Sea of Azov after Russian naval group attacked and captured the Ukrainian boats in Kerch Strait. Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian ombudswoman said that as quoted by Hromadske.

'She does not respond. Maybe, she never received any instructions. I tried setting the contact, but they (the Russian side, - 112 International) did not', the Ukrainian official said.

Denisova specified that the current data about Ukrainian servicemen on the captured vessels is 'quite contradictive'. This is because there's no connection with the sailors in Kerch Strait.

As is known, 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. The press office of the Ukrainian Navy reported this on Facebook.  

‘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,’  the message said. 

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