Poroshenko said that the captured sailors are not exchangeable

У Порошенко заявили, что захваченные моряки не подлежат обмену

Sailors are unable to participate in the process of exchange, as are prisoners of war, not criminals.

Ukrainian sailors that were captured by Russia in the Black sea, are prisoners of war, and therefore not subject to exchange and return. On Wednesday, December 5, said the representative of the President of BP Irina Lutsenko in the comment to journalists, reports UNN.

“Russia, as always blends the two processes. Ukrainian sailors that were captured by the Russian military and the FSB, in accordance with the Geneva Convention of 1949, prisoners of war are. They have nothing to exchange… Ukraine together with the international community and all 29 member countries of NATO demand that Russia immediately release of prisoners of war of Ukrainian sailors,” – said Lutsenko.

She noted that the captured sailors is irrelevant to the process of exchange.

“Putin once again manipulating the concepts to encourage Ukraine to listen to it, and it means that we do not recognize this armed aggression (in the Kerch Strait – ed.) of the Russian Federation”, – said Lutsenko.

She added that the exchange should take place by far, and “prisoners of war sailors to be returned, and we will separate these two processes, and work on them separately.”

Earlier in the Kremlin said that it would consider specific proposals on the exchange of seamen.

We will remind, on November 25 near the Kerch bridge, the Russian special forces seized three Ukrainian ships. As a result, were wounded six Ukrainian soldiers.

The foreign Ministry of Ukraine said that Russia started the war against Ukraine in international waters.

Russia calls Ukraine’s actions in the Kerch Strait “provocative”. The Russian foreign Ministry handed a protest note to the chargé d’affaires of Ukraine.


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