Lefortovo Moscow Court extended arrest of all 24 Ukrainian POW sailors until the end of October, as Interfax reported citing Spokesperson of the court Ksenia Pervovlasenko.
“The court satisfied the applications of the investigation on the extension of the term of detention toward 24 accused from 24 up to 26 October 2019,” she said.
All sessions took place in the closed regime to “keep secret of the preliminary investigation”.
The relatives, Ukrainian and European diplomats, and Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova came to the court to support the Ukrainian POWs.
“At all sessions, the judges refused to attack the order of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea,” coordinator of lawyers’ group of the sailors Nikolay Polozov reported on Facebook.
Earlier it was reported that Russian prosecution pressed final charges against 24 Ukrainian sailors illegally held in the Russian jail.
On November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.
As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.