Ukraine foreign minister demands sailors' release by Russia

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin arrives for the 25th Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE, ministerial council meeting, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

MILAN (AP) — Ukraine's foreign minister is demanding the release and safe return of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by Russian military forces in the Black Sea.

Pavlo Klimkin told the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Thursday that even though Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014 has dominated the group's agenda for the past five years, Russia "has not pulled back."

Instead, he said, it has extended operations into the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.

Relations between Ukraine and Russia have been further strained following a Nov. 25 clash in which the Russian coast guard fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews.

The OSCE is holding a ministerial meeting in the Italian city of Milan.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.