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Captured Ukrainian sailors officially accused with 'illegal border crossing', - lawyer

There's still no information about the investigator in this case, Nikolai Polozov says
10:49, 3 December 2018

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The Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the Kerch Strait incident. The respective charges were filed yet on November 27. Nikolai Polozov, the Russian lawyer and human rights defender posted this on Monday.

Polozov said he asked the detention center's chief to visit Denys Hrytsenko, his defendant and one of the detained sailors.

'The system works in the unilateral mode. You file the documents... they can either call you and inform you on their decision - or not, and then they send you the answer via mail, a month after that', Polozov said. 

There's still no information about the investigator in this case - or whether the case was handed over to the court, he added. 

As we reported earlier the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against 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.   

‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message. 

Related: Russian MFA comments on situation in Sea of Azov

It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements. 

The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 

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