Poroshenko: Trial About Sailors Ignores International Claims
The Lefortovo court has been conducting these proceeding most of the day
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that the trial of Ukrainian sailors testifies to Russia’s disregard for the rule of law and the claims of the international community. He wrote this on Facebook, commenting on the Russian court decision regarding Ukrainian sailors.
“The Kremlin continues to neglect the rule of law and closes its eyes to the claims of the international community! Today’s trial over our boys in the so-called Moscow Lefortovo “Court” is another confirmation of this. Russian aggressor cannot understand that such demonstrations do not scare Ukrainians,” Poroshenko wrote.
He stressed that the unity and solidarity of the Ukrainian people are indestructible, as well as the resolution to return all Ukrainian hostages home.
“Certainly, there will be a retribution for keeping our guys behind the bars,” he continued.
The court in Moscow has extended the detention of 12 Ukrainian sailors, so far, until July 24.
On November 25, 2018, Russian security forces seized three Ukrainian Navy vessels near the Kerch Strait and captured 24 Ukrainian sailors. Three of them were wounded in the attack.
The Russia-controlled court in the occupied city of Simferopol accused the Ukrainian sailors of illegally crossing the water border with Russia.
The sailors were taken to Moscow, where they are being held in the Lefortovo remand prison. On January 15 and 16, a court in Moscow extended the detention of the Ukrainian Navy sailors until the end of April.
All the detained Ukrainian sailors declared themselves to be prisoners of war.
On January 24, 2019, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution that officially requires Russia to treat the Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait in accordance with the Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War.
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