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Azov crisis: another three Ukrainian POWs to undergo psychiatric examination

Russian investigators appointed an expert psychiatric examination for 11 Ukrainian sailors
09:36, 12 March 2019

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Russian investigators appointed an expert psychiatric examination for 11 Ukrainian sailors, as lawyer Nikolay Polozov reported on Facebook.

“The investigation department of FSB (Russian Security Service, - ed.) has appointed an expert psychiatric examination for three more Ukrainian sailors… In total, the expertise was appointed for 11 POWs,” the message reads.

These sailors are Yevhen Semydotsky, Andriy Eyder, and Serhiy Popov.

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According to the lawyer, the defense objected this expertise. At the same time, considering the fact that investigation does not want to react positively to the objections of the lawyers, they have filed appeals concerning the lawyers’ presence during the expertise.

On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.

Related: NATO asks Russia to release captured Ukrainian sailors

All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019, Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.

Related: Poroshenko and U.S. Under Secretary discuss release of Ukrainian sailors

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