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Rally in support of captured Ukrainian sailors takes place in Kyiv

Rally in support of captured Ukrainian sailors takes place in Kyiv

Twitter Aleksandra Zharkova

A rally was organized in Kyiv at Maidan Nezalezhnosti square in support of Ukrainian sailors who were captured by Russia’s FSB in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 112 Ukraine reported. 
According to the reporter, 50 people gathered near the Independence Monument.  

They hold posters with the pictures of the Ukrainian political prisoners illegally kept in Crimea, names, and signs ‘the Kremlin’s prisoner.’ 
Then, the people will be able to drop letters into special mailboxes dedicated to the Ukrainian sailors, kept in Moscow detention centers. Thus, the participants of the rally want to show their support to the sailors. 
On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.  

‘November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message.  

It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements.   
The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 
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