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The USA responded to the detention of the Russian tanker in Ukraine

The USA Embassy in Ukraine positively assessed how Ukraine behaved in the situation with the detention of the Russian tanker "NEYMA", which participated in the aggression in the Kerch Strait.

The corresponding statement of the Embassy was published on Friday, June 26 on Twitter.

"The way Ukraine behaved in yesterday's incident with the tanker, indicates that the new government intends to protect the interests of the country not only firmly, but also humanely and in accordance with international standards. This is a good precedent for the peaceful settlement of disputes," the USA Embassy in Ukraine stated.

Let us remind, that on November 25, 2018, the FSS of Russia fired and captured in the Black Sea Ukrainian boats "Berdiansk" and "Nikopol", as well as the tug "Yana Kapu", that were coming back to Odessa after trying to pass through the Kerch Strait.

Russian security forces illegally detained 24 Ukrainian servicemen, three of them were wounded. Ukrainians were accused of illegally crossing the border of Russia, they were "tried" in the occupied Crimea and transported to Moscow.

Ukraine demands from Russia the release of captured sailors and considers them prisoners of war. The office of the UN High Commissioner for human rights stated that Ukrainian sailors as prisoners of war should be protected by the Geneva Convention.

On April 16, 2019, Ukraine appealed to the UN International Tribunal for the law of the sea for the release of captured sailors and ships. On May 25, the UN Tribunal issued a decision on the application of provisional measures in the case of Ukraine's claim against Russia, according to which the court ordered the Russian Federation to release sailors and ships. At the same time, the court did not satisfy the request of Ukraine to oblige Russia to stop the criminal prosecution of prisoners.

The deadline for implementation of the decision expired on 25 June. On that day, a note was received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, which offered Ukraine written guarantees to continue the criminal prosecution of Ukrainian seafarers in accordance with Russian law. In response, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called Moscow's position unacceptable.

According to "Apostrophe", earlier there was a video of detention of the Russian tanker which participated in capture of the Ukrainian seamen.

Russia reacted to the detention of its tanker in Ukraine.

In addition, internet users reacted violently to the detention of the Russian tanker by the Security Service of Ukraine.