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Russia’s court arrest another three Ukrainian sailors, Security Service officer

All of them were arrested for two months in the suspicion in the “violation of the state border of the Russian Federation”
17:28, 28 November 2018

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The officer of Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) detained during the seizure of the ships of Naval Forces of Ukraine was arrested in occupied Crimea for two months as BBC Russian Service reported.

As it is reported, Kyiv district court of Simferopol arrested Andry Drach, the SBU officers until January 25. He is accused of the “violation of Russian state border”. Drach does not plead guilty and claimed at the court that he did not have an intention to violate the border and laws of the Russian Federation.

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Besides, Captains 3rd rank Volodymyr Lisovy and senior seaman Viacheslav Zinzhenko and Andry Shevchenko were arrested.

The materials on the case of the “violation of the state border of the Russian Federation” were considered by three compositions of judges at three different rooms. It is expected that today, on November 28, the restrictive measure will be chosen for another three Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia.

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According to Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova, the restrictive measure is chosen for 15 sailors detained by Russia. It will be chosen for nine sailors on November 28.

Earlier the so-called “Kyiv District Court” of Simferopol has begun to choose the restrictive measure for the Ukrainian sailors detained in the evening of November 25 in Kerch Strait. It is reported about the arrest of Serhiy Tsybizov and Viktor Varemez. They are arrested for two months until January 25, 2019.

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As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against 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.   

Kyiv demanded from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors were wounded and two of them were in the critical condition.

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Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova named the exact number of the detained Ukrainian servicemen – 24. Moskalkova added that “procedural actions connected with the establishment of the facts of the events. If a military vessel enters the waters, certainly, this is a violation of the borders, this is a socially dangerous act, which demands a special qualification and procedure.”

Ukrainian servicemen taken captive in Kerch Strait are being forced to give false testimony. The Commander of Ukraine’s Navy noted that the lawyers have already met with these military.

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