President Petro Poroshenko stated that after the Russian border guards captured Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait, he tried to hold a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, there was no response from the Russian side.
“I requested a conversation with the Russian President Putin at night, but we did not receive an answer,” Poroshenko said in an interview with Ukrainian television channels on Tuesday evening.
The Ukrainian President also said that because of this, he had to turn for help to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel so that she could talk to Putin about the immediate release of the Ukrainian soldiers captured by Russians.
On November 25, Russian border ships attacked and captured two Ukrainian boats and a tug boat in the Kerch Strait. As a result, six Ukrainian sailors were injured.
On November 26, at the UN Security Council meeting, Russia declared that the officers of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) were on one of the captured Ukrainian boats. The head of the SBU, Vasyl Hrytsak, confirmed the presence of his department employees’ on the boat.