Simferopol District Court Remands All Remaining Ukrainian Sailors for Two Months
All sailors, including captain 2nd rank of the Berdiansk boat Denys Hrytsenko and captain of the Yany Kapu tug boat Oleh Melnychuk, have been remanded in custody until Jan. 25, 2019
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The Russian-controlled district court of Simferopol city in Crimea has detained all the remaining Ukrainian sailors for two months, reports Ukrinform.
“The Kyivsky district court of Simferopol arrested all remaining Ukrainian sailors, who had been detained by Russian border guards, including captain 2nd rank of the Berdiansk boat Denys Hrytsenko and captain of the Yany Kapu tugboat Oleh Melnychuk, until Jan. 25, 2019,” journalist Anton Naumliuk posted on Facebook on Nov. 28.
Hearings on sailors, who had been captured after attack of Russian warships against Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait, started on Nov. 27.
Twenty-one sailors were arrested by the Simferopol District Court.
Earlier, three sailors, who were wounded in Sunday’s attacks and were in a hospital in Kerch, were arrested the Kerch City Court. They are also detained until Jan. 25.
Russian provocations 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.