Poroshenko calls date of Ukrainian sailors release by Russia
Now there are 24 Ukrainian soldiers under Russian investigation.
Former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko told the ICTV channel that Russia would release the Ukrainian sailors before July 21.
“Putin clearly understands the consequences for Russia, since there are clear mechanisms today - on limiting navigation for Russian courts, and on liability for non-compliance with a UN arbitration decision. Therefore, 90% of our guys should be at home until July 21,” he said.
Now there are 24 Ukrainian soldiers (22 sailors and two officers of the Security Service of Ukraine) under Russian investigation.
They were detained along with three ships as a result of the incident in the Kerch Strait in November 2018. Ukraine called the detainees “prisoners of war” and sent a complaint to the UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which ordered Russia to transfer the arrested sailors and ships to their homeland on May 25. The Kremlin did not recognize the jurisdiction of the instance and insist that the fate of the sailors should be decided by the investigation and the court in Russia.