Andriy Eider, the wounded Ukrainian seaman injured during the Russian attack in the Kerch Strait, does not have hepatitis, despite the suspicions. His lawyer Aleksandra Markova reported that on Facebook, after she managed to visit her defendant in Matrosskaya Tishina prison.
'Everyone was concerned about the repeated tests, which were taken from Andriy. And this is great news, actually. Of course, one hardly can trust the quality of the expertise from Matrosskaya Tishina - or the extent to which the wounded POWs are informed about their health status; nevertheless, Andriy is healthy, and that's what matters the most!', Markova wrote.
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.
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.