November 26, 2018 / 12:42 PM / 16 days ago

France urges Russia to free Ukrainian sailors

PARIS (Reuters) - France added its voice to international calls on Monday for Russia to release three Ukrainian naval ships seized near Crimea over the weekend.

“Nothing appears to have justified the use of force by Russia,” the French foreign ministry said in a statement.

“We urge Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and hand back the seized naval vessels as soon as possible.”

Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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