Rallies for Captive Sailors
The Russian Federation has held 24 Ukrainian sailors prisoner for six months
Today marks six months since the day Russia captured three Ukrainian ships with 24 crew members on board.
In Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, actions were held to demonstrate support for the Ukrainian sailors’, as well as to celebrate the decision of the International Tribunal in Hamburg on this case, although it remains to be seen whether Russia will comply with the maritime tribunal’s ruling requiring that the sailors be released.
People rallied in Kyiv’s Independence Square holding Ukrainian flags and themed posters, Ukrinform reported.
“The Ukrainian sailors did not violate any borders, and Russia behaves like a terrorist,” Yuri Gudimenko, a participant in the rally said.
The demonstrators appealed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, calling on him to assist in the release of the captive sailors.
Another event was held in Zaporozhye, Radio Liberty reported. On Shevchenko Boulevard, people gathered with Ukrainian flags, Navy paper boats, and portraits of the captured sailors.
During the rally, some wrote letters to the sailors.
“We do not just want to remind them of their fate, but also to support them. They have been held captive for six months, and we don’t want them to be forgotten, or to think that they have been forgotten. We want them to know that Ukraine remembers them and is waiting for home,” organizer Alexander Lebid said.
People also demonstrated in Chernihiv, gathering at Bohdan Khmelnitsky Square, in the center of the city. They held a poster with the words “Hold on!” as well as Ukrainian flags and paper boats.
Rallies were also held in Dnipro, Kharkiv, Lviv, Cherkasy, and Nikolaev.
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