Moscow Court Extends ‘Arrest’ of Six Ukrainian Sailors
The court's decision regarding the prosecutor's requests to extend the arrest of the rest of the sailors will be announced
Photo from Interfax-Ukraine
The Lefortovo Court of Moscow extended the arrest of six Ukrainian who were taken captive by Russian forces at the Kerch Strait.
“The court ruled: to extend the term of detention for the accused Vlasyuk, Gritsenko, Drach, Zinchenko, Holovash, Popov until Oct. 24, 2019, to everyone,” Judge Elena Kaneva announced, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
The court hearing, at the request of the prosecutor, was held behind closed doors.
Decisions on the prosecutor’s requests to extend the arrest of the remaining 18 sailors will be known later.
The sailors’ relatives, Ukrainian and European diplomats, as well as Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Lyudmila Denisova came to the Lefortovo Court to support them.
The Ukrainian Navy sailors were taken captive on Nov. 25, 2018 near the Kerch Strait. Russian border guards first rammed and then fired on the three Ukrainian ships, capturing them and the 24 members of the crew aboard.
The crew had been making a scheduled transfer before the Russian forces attacked them.
Ukraine is demanding that the prisoners of war be released.
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