“President of Russia Vladimir Putin is against such approaches when one talks about people as if they are an exchange fund. Kyrylo himself says that he does not want any exchanges, and he will insist on acquittal,” Moskalkova stressed.
She is convinced that there should some other moral and legal ways to get the POWs back home.
Besides, the Russian Ombudsman added that Russia offered to return the Ukrainian sailors if they continue participating in the preliminary judicial investigation in Moscow. Yet, Ukraine did not support this idea.
Earlier it was reported that Russian prosecution pressed final charges against 24 Ukrainian sailors illegally held in the Russian jail.
On November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.
As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.