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“President about the captured Ukrainian sailors: We will do everything we can to bring our boys back home as soon as possible 4 December 2018 – 00:14
“First of all, we have to bring home our men, our heroes. And I, as President, and my entire team will do our best to make it happen as soon as possible,” President Petro Poroshenko said in the program “Freedom of Speech” on ICTV channel.
The President said he would meet with the families of the Ukrainian heroes.
The Head of State stressed: “We all need to clearly understand that they are not liable to a criminal Russian court, because according to the Geneva Convention, and they were captured by the act of aggression, they are prisoners of war”.
Ukrainian sailors cannot be sentenced by the court of the aggressor country, the President emphasized.
According to him, the European Court of Human Rights has adopted a decision demanding Russia to provide immediate information about Ukrainian sailors.
“According to the information that I have, Russia has violated the ECHR’s decision and has not provided any information”.
“Therefore, we must now unite the efforts of the whole world,” the President emphasized.
The Head of State once again emphasized that Ukrainian sailors had acted in full compliance with international law, and Russian troops had attacked our ships in the neutral waters of the Black Sea. ” https://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/prezident-pro-polonenih-ukrayinskih-moryakiv-mi-budemo-robit-51682 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.en
We hope that Ukraine has fired BGR Group, which has long worked for Russian oligarchs through Alfa Bank, and now LetterOne, and even worked for Russia on the Uranium One deal.
The sanctions against Russia have been a joke. Thus, we are facing a situation which looks a lot like the run-up to World War II. Russia could also attack eastern Europe while distracting everyone in the Black Sea.
And, maybe like Vietnam: the US involvement in Vietnam started with advisors.
“Military Advisors Reflect on Vietnam War Experiences” By John Valceanu American Forces Press Service http://archive.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=117686
Ukraine is upset that Russia stole Crimea, and Russia upset Ukraine wants help to defend itself. In 2015: “Russia upset over US training Ukraine soldiers” 21 May 2015 https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-32827216/russia-upset-over-us-training-ukraine-soldiers
Military advisors (“trainers”) from US, Canada, Poland and Lithuania have helped Ukraine. Feb. 2018: “Military trainers from the United States, Canada, Poland and Lithuania are training Ukraine service members at a training base in western Ukraine, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon this morning.” https://dod.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1431947/us-troops-training-ukrainian-soldiers-mattis-says/