The last six agreements with lawyers, who will defend 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by the Russian side near Kerch Strait in November 2018, will be signed on January 9. 112 Ukraine reported this, citing Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.
“We have signed the proper agreements with the lawyers, who will defend our guys. Today we will sign the last six agreements. We are discussing this with Nikolai Polozov who partially coordinates the actions of the lawyer now. On January 17-18, Russia will try to hold the sessions of its illegitimate courts. We are working now to provide our guys with all possible support and provide our friends and partners with a possibility to be present at these courts,” he said.
Klimkin noted that Ukraine has intensified the activity of all friends and partners who can provide the aid and support to Ukrainian sailors.
As we reported, Ukraine submitted a full-fledged statement against the Russian Federation on the violation of the rights of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait in November last year to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
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.
21 Ukrainian sailors were delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, and the three wounded seamen ended up in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital. 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.