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Russian court rules to keep all Ukrainian sailors in detention until April 24

The four remaining seamen had their detention period extended for another three months
10:56, 16 January 2019

Ukrainian sailor behind bars in Russia
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Moscow's Lefortovo court has extended the arrest period for all Ukrainian sailors who suffered the attack of the Russian Navy in the Kerch Strait in November. Interfax news agency reported this on Wednesday morning.

Under the court's decision, Volodymyr Lisovy, Vladyslav Kostyshyn, Volodymyr Varymez and Viktor Bespalchenko will remain in custody until April 24, 2019. 

As we reported earlier, on January 15, the court kept in detention 20 of 24 Ukrainian sailors. Currently, all 24 have their detention periods extended until April 24. 

The lawyers of the Ukrainian servicemen already said they would appeal against the decision.

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 have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are 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.

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