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Russia refuses calls to immediately release detained Ukrainian sailors

Moscow, May 27: The Kremlin has said on Sunday a trial and probe of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by Russian forces in the Black Sea must get completed despite the foreign maritime tribunal calling for detainees release, state-run Vedomosti newspaper reported.

The Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has on Saturday stated Russia had to immediately release captured Ukrainian sailors and that both the country have to restrain themselves from taking part into any action that might rage the dispute, according to Reuters news reports.

Russia has seized three Ukrainian naval warships on November 25 after they were found violating Russian water through Kerch Strait. 24 Ukrainian ship members were also captured by Russia and a court has issued an order to put those 24 men in custody for two months.

In response to Russia, Ukraine has imposed material law for 30 days at the border – the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. In fact, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has announced a ban over Russian men aged 16-60 years from entering Ukraine.

Russian president Vladimir Putin termed Poroshenko introducing material law a smart move to boost Poroshenko’s low rated approval ahead of Ukrainian presidential vote in March 2019.

The Ukraine country banned the entry of Russian military men aged from 16 years to 60 years into Ukraine, during the state period of martial law. Ukrainian President says restrictions are being made to prevent “private armies” which are forming on Ukrainian country soil.

After Ukraine has imposed material law at the border, as mounting tensions by Russia over capturing three Ukrainian warships, United States President Donald Trump has on Thursday, threatened Russia to cancel meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at G20summit in Argentina.

 

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