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Captured Ukrainian sailors transferred from Crimea to Moscow, - lawyer

Supposedly, Ukrainian prisoners were transferred to Lefortovo prison
16:28, 29 November 2018

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Ukrainian sailors detained in Kerch Strait were transferred from annexed Crimea to Moscow prison as Dzhemil Temyshev, the lawyer of captured sailor Roman Mokriak, reported on Facebook.

“The sailors are already in Moscow. The colleagues from Lefortovo reported this information. Today due to the “technical events,” Lefortovo was almost closed.  And we could not meet our clients in Simferopol as supposedly they were involved in some events,” the lawyer reported.

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He did not specify the number of Ukrainians transferred to the Russian capital.

In his turn, Deputy Prosecutor of Crimea Ihor Ponochovny could not confirm the information of the lawyer to 112 Ukraine and claimed that it was not verified yet.

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Refat Chubarov, the Head of Crimean Tatar Mejlis, commented the information on the transfer of the Ukrainian sailors to Moscow. He said that this data is not confirmed yet. At the same time, he emphasized that the possibility of the Ukrainian diplomats in Russia to visit the captured sailors would be the positive moment in such situation.

Borys Babin, the representative of the Crimean president, also confirms the information that the Ukrainians could be transferred to Moscow. “Confirmation or denial of this information will be announced later,” he specified.

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As we reported before, 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.   

Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

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On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine. 

On November 27-28, Kyiv District Court of Simferopol arrested all Ukrainian sailors until January 25, 2019, who were detained by Russian border officers.

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