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Azov crisis: Ukrainian sailors refuse to testify in court

Sessions are held in three different rooms simultaneously
12:55, 15 January 2019

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

Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court, where they face an extension of the sentence term, as RIA News reported.

Sessions are held in three different rooms simultaneously; four convicts are present on the dock at a time. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each.

Related: Ukraine's Ombudswoman heads to Odesa to meet Ukrainian POWs families

21 Ukrainian sailors were 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.

Related: All 24 arrested Ukrainian sailors stated they were POWs

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