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Russia delays vessels in Azov Sea less frequently, - State Border Guard of Ukraine

The situation is relatively calm and stable, but the things did not change much, Oleg Slobodian said
19:11, 31 January 2019

A ship blocks passage under the Crimean bridge over the Kerch Strait on Nov. 25
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Russia has begun to delay the vessels aiming to the Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov less as UNN reported citing State Border Guard Service Chairman Oleg Slobodian.

“Now the situation is stable; the Russians delay the foreign vessels aiming to the Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov less,” he said.

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However, Slobodian said that the situation is relatively calm and stable, but did not change in fact. Russia annexed Crimea, annexed Kerch Strait and it’s rude violation of the international and sovereign right of Ukraine.

As we reported, lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who deals with the defense of Ukrainian prisoners of war, confirmed that three Ukrainian sailors wounded in the Russian Navy attack on Ukrainian ships were brought from Matrosskaya Tishina to Lefortovo prison in Moscow. He also added that it happened on Monday, January 28.

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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, another - to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

Related: Moscow and Kyiv respond to German proposal on the Kerch Strait and Azov Sea

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.

 

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