Russia must return Ukrainian sailors, it’s not about exchange, - Zelensky

18:36, 19 July 2019

Russia must return Ukrainian sailors. It is about returning, not exchanging, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said. 24 Ukrainian seamen were detained in the Kerch Strait in November 2018. Russian prosecutors charged them with the illegal crossing of Russian territorial waters.

The UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea obliged Russia to pass the seamen and the vessels to Ukraine. However, recently, the Russian court ruled that the sailors would remain in detention until October.