One of the detained Ukrainian sailors, Vasyl Soroka, has a trouble recovering after the injury he suffered during the Russian Navy attack in the Sea of Azov. Serhiy Badamshyn, the lawyer of the seaman posted that on Facebook.
'The hand's usual functions are not restoring; he can't make a fist, and there are still fragments of a shell in his arm, and it's swollen. Neither the lawyer nor even the wounded man himself received the medical documents, in the breach of the law', he wrote.
Badamshyn added that Soroka 'stands tall, firmly enduring the burdens and deprivations of the military service'.
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.
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.