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President: Russia will pay a high price - Ukraine is preparing claims to international instances for the act of aggression against Ukrainian ships

4 December 2018 - 13:04

President: Russia will pay a high price - Ukraine is preparing claims to international instances for the act of aggression against Ukrainian ships

"Today, the task was given to the Minister of Justice to complete the filing of a lawsuit against Russia for this act of aggression in order to ensure that those who gave these orders are brought to justice," President Poroshenko noted during a meeting with the relatives of the Ukrainian sailors captured by the Kremlin. Petro Poroshenko noted that the Russian Federation "has fallen into this trap with its absolute hatred of Ukraine, with its malice".

He stressed that Ukrainian sailors were prisoners of war: "They are classical prisoners of war according to the Geneva Convention. And that is why our position will be very tough".

The President added that "in most countries, sanctions will be imposed on those who took part in the attack on our boys". "Those who attacked and those who unfairly judged. This should be the reaction of the whole world to the events that have taken place. We are not going to leave anyone unpunished," Petro Poroshenko noted.

The Head of State also emphasized the need to strengthen sanctions policy as regards the actions of the Russian Federation and said that the package of "Azov sanctions" was being discussed, which would deal with individuals who participated in the aggression against Ukrainian ships. Also sanctions against Russian seaports and Russian ships are planned.

At the same time, the President stressed that "we must struggle for the Kerch Strait". "We will not give up a single piece of Ukrainian land," he stressed.

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