20 Ukrainian sailors remain in custody, Crimean Supreme Court rules

20 Ukrainian sailors remain in custody, Crimean Supreme Court rules

One of the Ukrainian sailors detained in the Kerch Strait by Russia on November 25, 2018
Crimean Supreme Court refused to set free last five Ukrainian sailors detained in the Black Sea last month, whose complaints reached the institution, as Interfax reported.
The appeals court upheld the judgment of Kyiv District Court of Simferopol, specifying the term of the arrest due to the mistake the first instance court made – it expires on January 24, 2018, but not on January 25.
It is about the commander of “Yany Kapu” tug-boat Oleg Melnychuk, the commander of “Nikopol” armored boat Bogdan Nebylytsia, the captain 2nd rank Denys Hrytsenko, leading crewman Yuriy Bezyazychny and sailor Yevgen Semydotsk. The appeals of their lawyers were the last complaints the institution received from the defence of the Ukrainian sailors.

State-appointed lawyers of three detained sailors – Andriy Eyder, Andriy Artemenko and Volodymyr Tereshchenko and the officer of the Ukrainian special service Vasyl Soroka – did not appeal against their arrest.
“The disciplinary committee will deal with our careless colleagues,” the lawyer Mykola Polozov said earlier.

The defence will appeal against the detention of four Ukrainians in the cassation procedure.
Therefore, appeals against the arrest of 20 out of 24 Ukrainians were considered in the court of appeal over six days.

Crimean Supreme Court left 15 Ukrainians in custody in December. They are: Volodymyr Varymeza, Andriy Oprysko, Yuriy Budzylo, Sergiy Tsybizov, Bogdan Golovash, Sergiy Popov, Mykhaylo Vlasyuk, Viktor Bezpalchenko, Vladyslav Kostyshyn, Vyacheslav Zinchenko, Volodymyr Lisovy, Sergiy Chulyba, Andriy Shevchenko, Roman Mokryak, the commander of “Berdyansk” armored boat, and Andriy Drach, the officer of Ukraine’s Security Service.

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. 
21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital. 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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