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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry sends note to Russia demanding return of vessels captured in Kerch Strait

Russia should indicate the coordinates and time when Ukraine can take away our vessels
14:59, 4 November 2019

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Foreign Ministry of Ukraine sent the note to Russia in which it demands to return the vessels captured in Ketch Strait in 2018 as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

“The Foreign Ministry sent the note to Russia with the demand to indicate the coordinates and time, when we can take away our vessels,” Prystaiko said.

As we reported earlier, on November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons. As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested.

Related: Russia may put released Ukrainian sailors on wanted list, - lawyer

On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

 

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