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Azov crisis: Families of Ukrainian POWs to attend court hearing in Moscow

The workers of the secretariat of the Ombudsman gathered and transferred $1,173 to bear the travel costs of the POWs' relatives
11:14, 9 April 2019

Lyudmyla Denisova Facebook

Another so-called court session in the trial of 24 Ukrainian sailors will be held in Moscow next week, as Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova reported on Facebook.

“Guys have been kept in Lefortovo prison for almost five months. They undertake pressure all the time, they need their relatives’ support. Their families want to attend the so-called court sessions to see their sons, brothers, and husbands,” Denisova wrote.

The Ombudsman noted that tickets to Moscow cost quite a lot.

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“The workers of the secretariat of the Ombudsman gathered and transferred 30,500 hryvnias ($1,173, - ed.),” she informed.

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.

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All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

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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