The Russian police officers appointed two more rounds of expertise in the case of Ukrainian sailors, detained in the Kerch Strait. The law enforcers intend to study the work possibilities of artillery on the seized vessels Berdiansk and Nikopol of the Ukrainian Navy. Mykola Polozov, the lawyer, stated this, as Ukrinform reports.
“I dare to say that new stage of investigation process began. Two technical expertise, which will check the work possibilities of artillery on the seized vessels Berdiansk and Nikopol, have been appointed in the Ukrainian POWs case. It is rather difficult to guess how it will affect the accusations,” Polozov said.
According to the lawyer, half of the detainees have been informed about this decision.
“I guess others will be informed about this next week, when the court sessions will take place concerning the prolonging of the arrest of sailors,” Polozov added.
Totally, the Russian investigation officers have appointed 11 expertise, including the psychiatric one.
The psychological and psychiatric judicial expertise against 20 captured Ukrainian sailors took place in Russia, where they are illegally held under trumped-up charges.
According to him, the next court hearings is slated for April 16 and 17. The detention term for the captured sailors will be extended.
24 Ukrainian sailors and three Navy vessels were captured by Russian special service in November 2018, as the ships were on their way across the Kerch Strait. The Russian military opened fire, wounding three Ukrainian servicemen. All 24 were arrested and charged with 'violating the Russian border'. Ukraine stated it was an act of direct aggression by the Kremlin. All Ukrainian sailors consider themselves prisoners of war.