A UN maritime court has ruled that the detained ships and their crews must be freed. The ships were seized by the Russian coast guard near the Kerch Strait bridge in November 2018
Russian authorities have returned three Ukrainian military ships from their Crimean port to Ukraine. The navy vessels were seized during a clash in the Kerch Strait last year.
The 24 Ukrainian sailors in Russian custody need to be immediately released, a UN maritime court has ruled. Ukraine's president said Moscow could show its readiness to end the Crimea conflict by releasing the sailors.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said Germany could mediate between Ukraine and Russia in the ongoing crisis in the Sea of Azov. But some critics in Germany are calling on Berlin to help Kyiv militarily.
The German government has called on both Ukraine and Russia to de-escalate following a military crisis near the Crimean Peninsula. Russia has seized three Ukrainian ships.
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