NATO Head Calls on Russia to Free Ukrainian Ships, Sailors

'There is no justification for the use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel'

FILE Photo: A Russian guided-missile frigate arrives at the Bay of Sevastopol to join Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, Crimea, October 5, 2018.
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NATO head Jens Stoltenberg called on Russian on Monday to release Ukrainian navy ships and sailors, saying there was no justification for Moscow's actions.

"What we saw yesterday was very serious," Stoltenberg told a news conference after an emergency meeting of the Western military alliance held on request onUkraine.

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"All allies expressed full support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty," he added. "There is no justification for the use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel so we call on Russia to release immediately the Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized yesterday."