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Ukraine assumes all efforts to return distressed sailors from Turkey

Foreign Minister emphasized that the return to the homeland will depend on the state of health of the sailors
17:17, 9 January 2019

Ukrinform

The Embassy of Ukraine along with the Turkish partner will do everything possible to return the sailors who suffered in the ship wreck near Turkey. This event depends on their state of health, as 112 Ukraine reported citing Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.

“Now our embassy, along with the Turkish partners, try to provide all the possible assistance. The return depends on their state. It will happen soon, the news are good - unlike news about our citizens who died,” Klimkin said.

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Concerning the origin of coal transferred by sunken ship, the Foreign Minister said that this fact is being checked.

“Concerning the origin of coal, we check it. We know about Russia attempts to mix coal from occupied territories with the Russian one and transport it abroad, not only to Turkey. We work with our partners to hold the proper investigation. And the issue is not only about this incident, but we also have the grounded suspects that there were attempts to export this coal not only to Turkey. I talked to our partners from the EU as we have information that there were attempts from the Russian side to export such mixed coal to some European countries,” Klimkin said.

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Earlier, we reported that Ukrainian sailors, who suffered in the crash of the vessel in Turkey will be discharged from Samsun City Hospital on January 10 and then they will be transferred to Ankara.

Previously, a cargo ship under Panama flag, which came from the Russian Azov port, sent a distress signal around 148 km (92 miles) away from the north-eastern Black Sea province Samsun. It was noted that four Ukrainians died as a result, seven were rescued. According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, the tragedy happened due to a wave hit.

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