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Ukraine’s ombudsman expects release of Ukrainian sailors on her personal recognizance

According to Denisova, the sailors stay in “the fighting mood, wait for the return to the motherland”
20:49, 17 July 2019

Lyudmyla Denisova Facebook

Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova offered to release 24 Ukrainian POW sailors on her personal recognizance as she reported on Facebook.

“In the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation, the possibility is provided to release the detainees on the personal recognizance or guarantor. I, as the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, offered such recognizance for provision of the participation of our POWs in the preliminary pretrial consideration, if it will take place,” Denisova wrote.

According to her, the sailors stay in “the fighting mood, wait for the return to the motherland”.

Related: Six EU member countries demand that Russia release Ukrainian sailors, stop adding fuel to Donbas conflict

“And I really hope that it will become possible,” Denisova added.

As we reported Lefortovo Moscow Court extended arrest of all 24 Ukrainian POW sailors until the end of October.

Earlier it was reported that Russian prosecution pressed final charges against 24 Ukrainian sailors illegally held in the Russian jail. 

Related: Ukraine takes political position in issue of captured sailors, which harms their families, - Medvedchuk

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.

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