Court hearings in case against Ukrainian sailors in Russia to continue next week

19:53, 9 April 2019

Next week will mark court hearings in Russia, where the jury is to consider the case of 24 captured Ukrainian sailors. Lyudmyla Denisova, the human rights envoy of the Ukrainian parliament posted that on Facebook. She added that families of the prisoners of war will come to Moscow to see them.

The mentioned 24 sailors and three Ukrainian Navy vessels were captured by Russian special service in November 2018, as the ships were on their way across the Kerch Strait. The Russian military opened fire, wounding three Ukrainian servicemen.

All 24 were arrested and charged with 'violating the Russian border'. Ukraine stated it was an act of the direct aggression by the Kremlin. All Ukrainian sailors consider themselves prisoners of war.