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Scoop of the weekend: tribunal ruling on sailors, Rive incident

Scoop of the weekend: tribunal ruling on sailors, Rive incident

Ukraine expects Russia to deliver on the verdict of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and release 24 servicemen and three vessels it attacked and captured off the Kerch Strait in November 2018, Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy suggested that by honouring the ITLOS order, Russia could signal its readiness to end the "conflict" with Ukraine.

Zelenskyy asked the Interior Ministry not to use force against peaceful political protests after police in Rivne detained two young people holding posters in favour of his impeachment. "There was no detention but law enforcers could have acted in a softer manner," he said on Facebook. One of the two young people said the president was wrong and they were in fact held by force, which caused an outpour of hate speech from Zelenskyy's supporters.

In an interview with The Financial Times, tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyy, who is supportive of Zelenskyy, suggested Ukraine should reject the International Monetary Fund's austerity programme or follow Greece's lead and default on its external debt.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said his Ukrainian Strategy party would not join forces with others ahead of the snap parliamentary election set for 21 July. This also concerns ex-President Petro Poroshenko's political party, he said, because "I think we are just different".

Five Ukrainian sailors from the Sea Shark tanker detained by the Egyptian armed forces in December 2018 are expected to return to Odesa on 27 May.

A new pedestrian bridge in Kyiv had to be closed for access after two of its glass panels cracked just a day after its pompous opening by mayor Vitaliy Klitschko.

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