Global tribunal tells Moscow to free Ukrainian sailors May 26, 2019 0 206 12345 AFPBerlinAn international tribunal on Saturday urged Russia to release “immediately” 24 Ukrainian sailors seized last November off the Crimea peninsula.“The Russian Federation must proceed immediately to release the Ukrainian soldiers and allow them to return to the Ukraine,” said Judge Jin-Hyun Paik at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which is located in the German port city of Hamburg.The tribunal judges additionally ruled Russia should “immediately” return the three Ukrainian navy vessels Berdyansk, Yani Kapu and Nikopol it seized in the Kerch Strait off Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.Ukraine took the matter to the tribunal last month -- but Russia does not recognise its jurisdiction to rule in the affair and did not send representatives to the hearing. “The continued denial of freedom to the Ukrainian sailors is worrying from a humanitarian point of view,” said Paik, heading a tribunal tasked with overseeing maritime disputes since 1982 and which 168 states recognise, Russia included. The tribunal ruling is a clear signal to Russia that it cannot violate international law with impunity,” Ukraine’s vice minister for foreign affairs Olena Zerkal said on her Facebook page after the judgement.New Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Facebook that if Russia complies with the tribunal’s demand to release the sailors then that “could be the first signal from the Russian leadership about real readiness to end the conflict with Ukraine.” RELATED ARTICLES Race for British PM post begins after May’s decision to quit May 26, 2019 0 732 EU in key vote as far right seeks blow to Macron May 26, 2019 0 206 Defying Congress, Trump sets over $8 billion in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE May 26, 2019 0 705 France hunts suspect after Lyon bomb ‘attack’ AFP Lyon Police in France were on Saturday hunting a suspect following a blast in a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon that lightly wounded 13 people two days ahead of hotly contested European Parliament elections. .. Greek coast guard seizes 33 migrants off Aegean island dpa Athens The Greek coast guard said Saturday that one of its patrol boats intercepted a motorized rubber boat off the coast of Agathonisi island with 33 migrants on board. The small island, south of Samos, is a favoured .. Thousands of Croatians rally against abortion AFP Zagreb Thousands of anti-abortion marchers took to the streets on Saturday in three cities around Croatia, a largely Catholic country where activists say reproductive rights are increasingly under threat. In .. At least 29 inmates killed in clashes at Venezuela jail AFP Caracas At least 29 prisoners were killed and 19 police wounded in clashes at a jail in western Venezuela Friday, authorities said. The incident at the police station jail in the town of Acarigua, in Portuguesa state, ..