News of the world – NATO promises support to Ukraine in connection with Russia's aggression



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The North Atlantic Alliance issued a statement on the situation with the detention of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait, in which it expressed its support for Ukraine.

"NATO supports Ukraine and will continue to provide political and practical support to the country as part of the established cooperation"– said in a statement.

The bloc is urging Russia to guarantee free access to Ukrainian ports and freedom of navigation, and to release sailors immediately.

NATO stressed that they will continue to monitor the situation.

Earlier, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg discussed with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko the introduction of martial law in the country.

Recall that, in view of Russia's aggression in the Azov-Black Sea region, an emergency meeting of the Ukraine-NATO commission was urgently called. This was by telephone agreed by the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. The Ukrainian president called for more international pressure on Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian seamen and the captured ships.

Meanwhile, in connection with events in the Kerch Strait, the SBU is investigating the case of aggressive war by the Russian Armed Forces, the wounding of six Ukrainian seamen and the seizure of three ships. Criminal proceedings commenced under articles on initiating and waging a war of aggression (part 2 of article 437 of the Penal Code) and attempted murder (part 2 of article 15, paragraph 1 of part 2 of article 115).

As "Facts" previously reported, on November 25, Russia opened fire on Ukrainian ships off the Kerch Strait, supposedly to "be in the inland sea of ​​Russia." The Russian fleet captured three Ukrainian ships and 23 sailors found themselves in the position of de facto prisoners of war.

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