Crimean court keeps arrest of Ukrainian sailor effective

Source : 112 Ukraine

The leading crewman of the captured tugboat “Yany Kapu” Viktor Bezpalchenko will remain under arrest till January 24, 2019
16:21, 21 December 2018


The Supreme Court of the occupied Crimea keeps the arrest of the leading crewman of the captured tugboat “Yany Kapu” Viktor Bezpalchenko effective. Krym.Realii reported that.  

Therefore, the prison term will be running till January 24, 2019.

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Bezpalchenko himself is now  at “Lefortovo” prison in Moscow. He took part in the session in the video conference mode.

Earlier, it was reported that 15 captured sailors declared themselves POWs.

Related: Exchange of Ukrainian sailors possible only after closure of criminal case, - Putin

As we reported earlier, the Russian Navy attacked the Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov. The vessels were damaged, and the crews captured by the Russian special services. Ukraine and the Western governments consider the attack an act of aggression. The Ukrainian sailors were taken to a remand center in Crimea, and then in Moscow, charged with the 'illegal crossing of the Russian territorial waters'. All sailors deny their guilt, claiming they are prisoners of war.

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