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Personal belongings of Ukrainian sailors, kept by Russia, rotted, - lawyer

According to Polozov, Ukrainian ships were "virtually unattended" for about ten months
14:00, 24 November 2019

The Economist

Russia states some personal belongings of Ukrainian sailors on the ships captured in the Kerch Strait "rotted due to dampness." Nikolai Polozov, the lawyer of the sailors, stated it, as Espresso reported.

"As the investigators explained to me, the ships were unattended due to humidity and conditions of detention. Some of the things on board were very badly damaged... Simply put, some items of clothing rotted. Therefore, they did not give them back, but destroyed them," Polozov said.

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He specified that the ships were almost unattended for about ten months. They were moored in Kerch.

“They carried out some investigative actions on them, seized everything needed. And they stood like that,” he added.

Polozov also recalled that among the officially seized items was all ammunition, personal small arms, and standard weapons, as well as mobile phones, computers and flash drives of sailors.

Related: Ukrainian ships returned by Russia began to arrive in Ochakiv

In addition, the Russians seized foreign radio navigation equipment.

As we reported, center of Public Relations of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) declares that the ships, which were returned to the Ukrainian side, were in normal condition.

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