EU Repeats Demand That Russia Release Ukrainian POWs
This statement was made after a court extended the sailors' detention for another 90 days
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Representatives from the EU attended the court hearings on the detention of Ukrainian POWs by Russia. The proceedings were held in the Lefortovsky District Court in Moscow throughout the day on April 17, 2019.
All 24 Ukrainian sailors had their detention extended by 90 days.
In reaction to this decision, the EU reiterated its demand that Russia immediately release the captured sailors.
“The EU has repeatedly stated its expectation that Russia immediately and unconditionally release the 24 captured Ukrainian sailors. While the sailors remain detained, Russia must respect their right to legal representation, unhindered access by consular authorities, and ensure that all crewmen receive appropriate medical treatment as several of them were wounded during the capture,” said the EU in a released statement.
The statement also mentions that Russia should allow free access through the Kerch Strait in accordance with international law. After Russia’s attack on Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait, the EU added more entities and individuals to its Russian sanctions regime.
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