The European envoys will come to the court hearings, where the precaution measures will be selected for the Ukrainian sailors. Lyudmyla Denisova, the Parliamentary Envoy for Human Rights posted this on Facebook.
Denisova agreed with Markus Ederer, the EU ambassador in the Russian Federation, on the presence of the representatives from European countries during the hearing. He assured her that all the representatives of the European countries, who are in Russia, would be present at the court sessions.
At the same time, Ukrainian ombudsman thanked the ambassador for the support.
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, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.
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.