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All captured Ukrainian sailors enjoy legal support, - ombudswoman

The Ukrainian state takes over the costs
16:31, 10 December 2018

Lyudmyla Denisova Facebook

All Ukrainian sailors captured in Kerch Strait have their own lawyers and the Ukrainian state takes over all respective costs. Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian ombudswoman reported on Facebook.

“Each Ukrainian prisoner of war illegally detained in the Russian Federation, already has his own lawyer. Payment of the lawyers’ services will be carried out according to the agreements concluded in Moscow by an authorized person of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine. The Ukrainian state takes over all costs. They will consist of the fee and additional expenditures necessary for defenders of the Ukrainian sailors,” Denisova claimed.

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The term of the action of the agreements will cover the entire period of the preliminary investigation. Each Ukrainian sailor will be provided with the full-fledged legal defense from the beginning of the investigative actions on December 11.

Moreover, ombudswoman called the detention of Crimean lawyer Kurbedinov an attempt of pressure by Moscow on the defense of the Ukrainian sailors.

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“The detention of Emil Kurbedinov for five days is connected with his intentions to defend Ukrainian sailor Bohdan Nebylytsia. Now, after the incident with Kurbedinov, the Crimean lawyers receive the threats from the law enforcement bodies of occupation authority of Crimea,” Denisova claimed.

Earlier Viktoriya Khrystenko, the counselor to Ukrainian Navy commander, reported that one of the men sustains heavy injuries to his legs, another one had his fingers amputated.

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According to Khrystenko, the Ukrainian side does not possess information on the help provided to the sailors at the remand center.

Besides, Ukrainian diplomats succeeded to visit the three captured sailors of the Ukrainian Navy, who were wounded during the Russian Navy attack in the Kerch Strait.

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