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Russia begins arrest of Ukrainian sailors detained in Kerch Strait during Azov crisis

The term of their arrest is two months
16:01, 27 November 2018

Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu ships in Kerch port
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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 as journalist Anton Naumlyuk reported on Facebook.

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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Earlier Naumlyuk reported that on November 27, the judges will choose the restrictive measure for 12 sailors. The cases of the rest of them will be considered tomorrow on November 28. The restrictive measure for the wounded sailors will be chosen in Kerch, medical military unit.

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.   

Related: Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia at Kerch Strait transferred for “trial” in Simferopol, Crimea

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.

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.”

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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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