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Ukrainian consuls in Moscow visit Ukraine's POWs detained in Kerch Strait

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the consuls, the sailors are doing well and hope to come back home soon
08:26, 13 December 2018

Lyudmyla Denisova Facebook

The Ukrainian consuls visited Ukrainian POWs detained in Kerch Strait, as Lyudmyla Denisova wrote on Facebook.

“…I received information from our consuls from the Embassy in Moscow. Today, they have finished the process of visiting the Ukrainian sailors detained by the Russian aggressor, in particular – Andriy Shevchenko, Volodymyr Varymez, Serрiy Chybula, Yuriy Budzylo, and Andriy Drach. According to the consuls, the guys are brave, they hope to come back home soon and they know that Ukraine and the international community does everything possible for that,” Denisova wrote.

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She added that the consuls will call all the representatives of the families and tell them the details of the visits.

As we reported earlier, 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.   

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‘Today, 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,’ reads the message. 

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It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements. 

The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 

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