Four Ukrainian sailors, detained near Kerch Strait, repeatedly claimed they were prisoners of war, as lawyer Mykola Polozov reported on Facebook.
The lawyer clarified that the investigation actions, where Roman Mokriak, Bohdan Nebylytsia, Volodymyr Lisovy, and Yuriy Budzylov participated took place on Friday, February 8.
“All of them repeatedly claimed their status as prisoners of war. They refused to testify, although they gave all the information required by Article 17 of the Convention”, - Polozov said. He also added that the copies of PACE resolutions had been requested as well during the investigation process.
As we reported earlier, on December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.
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.
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.
All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow; 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, and the rest were taken to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.