A UN maritime tribunal has ruled that Russia must release Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized last year during a standoff in waters off the Crimean peninsula.

The Hamburg-based tribunal called on Russia to facilitate their release immediately, and urged both sides not to aggravate the dispute.

But Russia did not attend the hearing.

Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports from Hamburg, Germany.

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