Captured Ukrainian Sailors Arrive at Moscow Detention Centers

Twenty-one sailors are at Lefortova and three are at Matrosskya Tishina

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01.12.2018

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21 Ukrainian sailors, taken captive on Nov. 25 near the Kerch Strait, have arrived at the Lefortovo detention center in Moscow, Russian independent television channel Dozhd reported.

Three other sailors, who were wounded during Sunday’s attack and were in a hospital in Kerch, were taken to the medical unit of the Matrosskya Tishina detention center also in Moscow.

A Dozhd correspondent and a member of Moscow’s public monitoring commission, Kogershin Sagieva, visited the arrested Ukrainians at Lefortovo, where she was informed about the hospitalization of the three wounded sailors.

The prisoners at Lefortovo were placed in separate cells.

The hostages supposedly said that they were “doing fine.”

The sailors were worried that they were left without any communication with their relatives. They asked human rights activists to convey to people that a ruble account was opened for each of them, where money can be transferred to buy food, and envelopes and stamps to write letters.

Russian provocations near the Kerch Strait began on Nov. 25. It started with a Russian coastal guard ship ramming into a Ukrainian tugboat that was transporting two artillery boats from Odesa to Mariupol. Russia blocked access to the Azov Sea altogether and sent two Ka-52 attack helicopters to tail the Ukrainian ships. Finally, it fired on the vessels.

Russian Special Forces then seized the three Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea. Several sailors were wounded.

Russia’s FSB security service said it had opened a criminal case into what it called the ships’ illegal entry into Russian territorial waters.

Between Nov. 27 and 28, the Russian-controlled Simferopol District Court remanded 21 Ukrainian sailors in custody until Jan. 25, 2019.

The three wounded sailors who were in the Kerch hospital were detained by the Kerch City Court. They are also detained until Jan. 25. 

They all face up to six years of imprisonment.

In Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada voted to pass martial law on Oct. 26 in 10 regions of the country for 30 days.

On Nov. 29, Crimean activist Nariman Dzhelalov said that the captured Ukrainian sailors were being transferred to Moscow for detention.

Source Dozhd
date 01.12.2018
categories Crimea
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