Azov crisis: Moscow court holds hearing on Ukrainian POWs in camera

Earlier, Russian Security Service (FSB) filed a motion on carrying out the hearing behind closed doors
10:57, 15 January 2019

One of the Ukrainian sailors detained in the Kerch Strait by Russia on November 25, 2018

Lefortovo court of Moscow closed the session on the extension of sentence term for the Ukrainian sailors, as TVRain reported.

Earlier, Russian Security Service (FSB) filed a motion on carrying out the hearing in camera.

Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova, families of the POWs and journalists gathered near the court building. They wanted to be present at the hearing.

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The sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each.

As the lawyer Mykola Polozov wrote on Facebook, the first three groups were taken to the court under enhanced convoy.

Hromadske reported that the following sailors were included in the first group: Roman Moryak, Andriy Oprysko, Sergiy Tsybizov and Yevgen Semydotsky.

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Bogdan Golovash, Andriy Shevchenko, Sergiy Popov, Volodymyr Tereshchenko, Vyacehslav Zinchenko, Andriy Drach, Denys Grytsenko and Mykhaylo Vlasyuk are in the second and the third groups, respectively.

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. 

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21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital. 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.

As it was reported, Russian Security Service asked to hold a hearing on the case of the Ukrainian POWs in camera.

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