Lawyer Polozov: Investigation on Captured Seamen Extended Until May

Investigators have requested to prolong their detention until the end of April

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12.01.2019
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A preliminary investigation on the captured Ukrainian seamen near the Kerch Strait will continue until May 25, lawyer Mykola Polozov said, Ukrinform reported.

Investigators have requested to prolong the detention until the end of April.

“I don’t know how long the investigation will be. It depends on the scope of the investigative actions, and investigators do not fill us on their plans,” Polozov said.

Russian provocations near the Kerch Strait began on Nov. 25, 2018. 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. 

In early December 2018, the sailors were taken to detention centers in Moscow.

On Jan. 7, 2019, Ukraine sued Russia in the European Court of Human Rights.

READ ALSO: Representatives from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense and public authorities informed the relatives of the captured seamen about all the measures that were taken to get the hostages home.

Source UATV
date 12.01.2019
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