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Russian court extends detention of four Ukrainian sailors until April

The court decision on the case of the Ukrainian sailors took place in the closed regime
14:47, 12 February 2019

Reuters

Moscow City Court has ruled to keep for Ukrainian POW sailors in the remand center until the end of April, as lawyer Nikolai Polozov reported on Facebook.

“Today, the consideration of the appeals of the defense of another four POW Ukrainian sailors: Yevhen Semydotsky, Andry Oprysko, Roman Mokriak, Serhy Tsybizov took place in Moscow City Court. All of them were transferred to the court; however, the court made a decision on the appeal of the investigator supported by a prosecutor, to hold the court session in the closed regime,” Polozov noted.

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He added that the defense appealed to attach the copies of the PACE resolution to the case as it demands the Russian authorities to immediately release the sailors and treat them according to the norms of Geneva Conventions on the prisoners of war.

“This appeal was not satisfied. The final decision of the court is the same as for the previous four soldiers, the sentence of Lefortovo Court was unchanged, the POWs would stay in the remand center until the end of April,” Polozov emphasized.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

As we reported, lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who deals with the defense of Ukrainian prisoners of war, confirmed that three Ukrainian sailors wounded in the Russian Navy attack on Ukrainian ships were brought from Matrosskaya Tishina to Lefortovo prison in Moscow. He also added that it happened on Monday, January 28.

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