Metropolitan of Odessa asks Patriarch Kirill to facilitate the return of Ukrainian sailors

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Mangalapura in fotomontagen of the detained sailors from the ships of naval forces of Ukraine Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yana Kapu the court of Simferopol. 28 Nov 2018Metropolitan of Odessa asks Patriarch Kirill to facilitate the return of Ukrainian sailors© RIA Novosti / Alexei Mangalapura the image Bank

Metropolitan of Odessa and Izmail Agafangel appealed to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill with a request to facilitate the early return of the detainees for violation of Russian border by Ukrainian sailors.

«I respectfully appeal to you to raise his Patriarchal voice, to appeal to the leadership of the Russian Federation and all could affect the decision of the matter, a petition for the speedy return of the detained Ukrainian sailors home. Believe that the all-merciful Lord, all working good, will stop the storm and the nascent military will give Ukraine a blessed peace,» reads the statement of Metropolitan Agafangel posted on the website of the Odessa diocese of the UOC canonical.

Three ships of the Navy of Ukraine «Berdyansk», «Nikopol» and «Yana Kapu» — November 25, violated the state border of Russia, included in the temporarily closed waters of the territorial sea of the Russian Federation and moved from the Black sea to Kerch Strait. They maneuvered in a dangerous manner, did not obey the lawful demands of the Russian authorities. The Ukrainian ship with 24 sailors were detained. After the incident concerning them criminal case on illegal crossing of the state border.