Russia Refuses EU Leaders Plea To Release Illegally Held Ukrainian Sailors

Demands voiced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to release Ukrainian sailors held by Russia are unacceptable, Moscow’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website today (Dec 29th). 

Yesterday the two European leaders demanded that Russia release the 24 Ukrainian sailors, whom it captured along with their ships last month during their lawful transit of the  Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea with the Azov Sea.

Russia had been informed in advance of the movement, and in the course of the illegal seizure of three Ukrainian vessels three sailors were wounded.

All 24 detained sailors have declared themselves to be 'Prisoners of War'

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Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright

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