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A picket in support of Ukrainian seamen POWs was held near the EU institutions

14 March 2019

On Thursday, March 14, a picket against Russian aggression was held on Schumann Square in Brussels, where the main institutions of the European Union are located. The participants of the action spoke in support of the Ukrainian POWs and handed out leaflets with relevant information to passersby. The picket was organized by the Belarusian patriots of Ukraine. Local Ukrainians and activists of the international movement #LIBERATECRIMEA joined the event.

According to the organizers, the action was held on the eve of the UN Security Council meeting, which, according to the announcement of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN, is to be held on March 15 and will be devoted to the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the illegal occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

 Photo:Miron Kryvich

Recall: on November 25, 2018, the border ships of the Russian Federation carried out open aggressive actions against three Ukrainian ships during their transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov. In particular, the Russian border boat "Don" committed a ram of the raid tug "Yany Kapu". Small armored artillery boats "Berdyansk" and "Nikopol" were hit by the enemy fire and lost their course. The raid tug "Yany Kapu" was also forced to a halt. As a result, the ships were captured by Russian special forces. Several Ukrainian soldiers were injured. The Russian Federal Security Service Directorate for Crimea accused the Ukrainian side of "dangerous maneuvers" during their visit "to the temporarily closed water area of the territorial sea of Russia".

The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea recognized Ukrainian seamen captured by the FSB of Russia as prisoners of war. All the detained Ukrainian sailors were taken to Crimea and arrested on November 27 and 28 until January 25, 2019.

Later it became known that the Ukrainian sailors were transferred from Crimea to Moscow. On January 15-16, 2019, the Lefortovo District Court of Moscow extended the detention periods to all captured Ukrainian seamen prisoners of war. Twenty-one POWs will remain in custody until April 24, and three injured during the seizure of Ukrainian ships will remain until April 26, 2019.