“We are pleased that Ukrainian sailors have returned home safe and sound. Together, we will continue to struggle for all our friends, for all our brothers and sisters anywhere in the world,” Erdogan wrote on Twitter.
On the morning of January 8, four Ukrainian citizens – crewmembers of the Captain Khayyam tanker, who had been held in the Ain Zara prison in Libya for more than four years, arrived in Ukraine.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the return of the freed sailors to their homeland. “Ukraine never forgets and does not leave its people in trouble. The release of citizens in trouble is our priority,” he posted on Twitter.
The head of state thanked all the authorities involved in the release and return of Ukrainian citizens to their homeland. Separately, Zelensky expressed gratitude to President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his assistance in the evacuation of Ukrainian sailors.
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