President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with the families of Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia, according to the information on the page of the Head of State on Facebook.
Poroshenko noted that he had held talks with 18 heads of state and international organizations, including NATO. According to him, they made absolutely clear demands for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The first is to return the Ukrainian military, the second is to return the ships, and the third is to ensure unhindered passage through the Kerch Strait.
The President of Ukraine stressed that he was proud of the sailors for the way they behaved during the Russian aggression near the Kerch Strait and the attack on the tug Yana Kapu and the boat Berdyansk and Nikopol.
I thank each of the parents of our guys and I hope that after the release of the sailors from captivity I will be able to say even more words of gratitude and support to everyone. How courageously they were holding is just admirable: they have withstood both psychological stress and pressure from the FSB, and by no means they do not give into this pressure.
On November 25, Russia captured three Ukrainian ships and 24 Ukrainian sailors. They were accused of illegally crossing the border of Russia. The Crimean “court” arrested all the sailors for two months. Later they were transported to Moscow.
In Ukraine, a campaign was launched in support of the captive Ukrainians. People can write letters to them. Journalist Oleksandra Yefimenko stated they can be read not only by addressees, but also by prison censors, who decide whether to transfer a letter to an arrested person.