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Ukraine serves charges on seven more Russians involved in aggression in Kerch Strait

Colonel General Dvornikov, Vice-Admiral Moyiseyev, and five servicemen of the Border Management of Russia’s Security Service in Crimea became the suspects
12:32, 25 February 2019

Ships are seen in the Azov Sea port of Berdyansk, Ukraine November 30, 2018. Picture taken November 30, 2018
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Ukraine’s Security Service and Prosecutor General Office served seven more Russian militaries with charges concerning their involvement in capturing Ukraine’s Navy group near Kerch Strait, as Larysa Sargan, the Press Secretary of the General Prosecutor, on Facebook.

“Under the procedural direction of the Military Prosecution of Ukraine’s Southern Region the investigators of Odesa region served seven Russian servicemen involve capture of three Ukrainian vessels in Kerch Strait in November 2018 with charges under the articles of Ukraine’s Criminal Code,” she noted.

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In particular, according to Sargan the suspects were the following figures: Colonel General Dvornikov, Vice-Admiral Moyiseyev, and five servicemen of the Border Management of Russia’s Security Service in Crimea.

Earlier, the prosecution reported that Ukraine prepared charges against ten Russian servicemen involved in aggression towards Ukraine’s Navy.  

Related: Russia closes area in Azov Sea near Kerch Strait for holding firing practice

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. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.

All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, another - to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

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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Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019, Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.

As we reported, lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who deals with the defense of Ukrainian prisoners of war, confirmed that three Ukrainian sailors wounded in the Russian Navy attack on Ukrainian ships were brought from Matrosskaya Tishina to Lefortovo prison in Moscow. He also added that it happened on Monday, January 28.

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