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Ukraine's Foreign Ministry demands release of Ukrainian boat in Crimea

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry demands release of Ukrainian boat in Crimea

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Ukraine protests against the detention of Ukrainian fishing boat near annexed Crimea by Russia’s border guards and demands to release the boat, as Foreign Ministry press-office reports.
“Ukraine declares a strong protest against the illegal detention of a Ukrainian fishing boat and its crew by Russian Federation near the Crimean shoreline,” the press-office reports.
Ukraine demands to release the fishing boat and its crew immediately.

The representatives of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry state that according to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262  as of March 27, 2014 illegal Russia’s aggression does not change the status of Crimea as a part of a sovereign territory of Ukraine.
Ukraine remains a littoral state in relation to the water area adjacent to Crimea, including the territorial sea, which extends over 12 nautical miles from its coastal area.
“The detention of the boat by Russia is a usurpation of sovereign affairs of Ukraine regarding this water area and a violation of UN Convention on Law of Sea and of the international law,” the Foreign Ministry stated.
Earlier today, it was reported that Ukraine’s fishing boat registered in Ochakiv was detained for allegedly illegal fishing of plaice. Five people are detained, they were all taken to Crimea.
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