Source: President of Ukraine
President Petro Poroshenko stresses that he had used and would continue to use all possible means to free Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia.
The Head of State says that he even turned to the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate. “Yesterday and the day before, I had a conversation with Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate Onufriy. I asked him to contact Moscow immediately in order to take appropriate church measures to return (our sailors – ed.). I will not waste any chance to return our soldiers. We will pray and hope that this will happen as soon as possible,” the Head of State said in an interview to the “First Western” TV channel in Lviv region.
The President also said that immediately after receiving information on the shelling of Ukrainian ships, he had requested a talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin “in order to get an explanation of the actions of the Russian Armed Forces”.
“You know that Putin avoids talking,” Petro Poroshenko said. He noted that after such a reaction of Russia, he had contacted a number of world leaders and leaders of international organizations. In particular, talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and many other leaders of the world and international organizations have been held.
The Head of State once again stressed that no Russian court has any jurisdiction over Ukrainian seamen, since they are prisoners of war in accordance with the Geneva Convention.
“They must be released immediately. Otherwise, Russia will be brought to justice,” he said.
The President stressed that Ukraine demanded the immediate release of Ukrainian ships, opening of the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, as well as termination of partial occupation of the Sea of Azov.