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Arrested Ukrainian sailors transferred from Simferopol detention centre

As of 8 a.m. Monday, the destination is unknown
08:03, 30 November 2018

Ukrainian sailor, captured by Russian FSB in Crimea
Reuters

The Ukrainian sailors, arrested by the Russian special force fighters in Kerch Strait, were transferred from Simferopol detention centre in the occupied Crimea. Their current whereabouts are unknown. Ahtem Chyigoz, the deputy head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people posted that on Facebook.

'It became known that the prisoners of war were transferred from the detention facility in Simferopol', he wrote. 

Just recently, on Thursday evening, Chyigoz reported that the sailors had been in Simferopol detention centre, with no information about them being moved to somewhere else.

On November 25, Ukrainian vessels were attacked in Kerch Strait, as they were on their way from Mariupol to Odesa. The Russian naval forces opened fire on two gunboats and a tugboat, injuring six Ukrainian sailors. The vessels and the crew members were captured, and the wounded ones were taken to a hospital.

The Crimean 'prosecutors' charged Ukrainians with the 'illegal crossing of Russian territorial waters'. All servicemen plead not guilty.

Ukraine and a number of Western governments blamed Russia's actions, insisting that the sailors be released. 

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