Azov crisis: Court prolongs arrest for four Ukrainian POWs

Ukrainian POWs
Moscow Lefortovo Court prolonged the arrest of four Ukrainian sailors captured near Crimea. They will be in custody till July 24, as
Crimea.RealiiThe names of the Ukrainian POWs were not specified. It was reported that the accused were divided into groups by four. In total, there are 24 of them. The trials are conducted in camera.
Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea Clement, the Chairman of the Orthodox assistance mission to the victims of human rights abuses and to those deprived of freedom.

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, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

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.
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