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Ukrainian sailors were not allowed to sleep, eat after capture, - lawyer Polozov

The lawyers, who represent Ukraine's Eider, Soroka, and Artemenko at Kerch court violated the lawyer ethic
19:40, 9 September 2019

Ukrainian sailors in court. Archive
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Ukrainian sailors, who returned to Ukraine, were deprived of food, water, and sleep during the capture days as Krym.Realii reported citing lawyer Nikolai Polozov.

He states that detained Ukrainian sailors were taken to the questioning “from one place to another; they were constantly interrogated by unknown people who did not name themselves.”

“Concerning three wounded sailors (Andriy Eider, Vasyl Soroka, Andriy Artemenko, - 112.international): they were kept separately from others, taken to the hospital in Kerch, where they had surgery. So, they were provided with such lawyers on appointment who did not fulfill their obligations completely,” Polozov said.

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According to him, Kerch city court chose the restrictive measure for the wounded sailors. The lawyers who presented the detainees there did not appeal the decision on arrest of the sailors. Polozov called such actions “the grossest violation of the lawyer ethic”.

“When we on the request of the sailors appealed with proper complaints against these lawyers to the Chamber of Advocates of Crimea, it turned out that our complaints were not considered for a long time,” Polozov said.

He also stated that after detention, the Crimean Tatars began to gather and pass them clothes and food and “it became the surprise for the Russian law enforcers”.

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 On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

As it was reported earlier, 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.

 

 

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