: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russia Ordered to Release Ukrainian Sailors and Ships

A United Nations tribunal has ordered Russia to immediately release three Ukrainian naval ships and two dozen sailors, who were captured in a November confrontation off the Crimean Peninsula.

The Germany-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea issued the order Saturday after a hearing earlier this month.

The seizures occurred during a November 25 confrontation in the Kerch Strait, which separates Crimea from mainland Russia. It was the first open military clash between Russia and Ukraine since Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, which is generally regarded as an illegal action.

Ukraine maintains Russia stopped its ships in the Black …read more

Source: Voice of America

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