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The Kremlin-controlled Kerch City Court in the annexed Crimea arrested three Ukrainian sailors who were injured and captured in the attack on a Ukrainian ship in the Kerch Strait by Russian border guards, for two months, Novaya Gazeta reports.

Thus, the Ukrainians Andriy Eider, Andriy Artemenko and Vasili Soroka were left in custody until January 25, 2019.

The "trial" was held right in the Kerch hospital, where the victims were placed. Journalist Anton Naumluk noted that Andriy Eider was operated on.

Independent lawyers were not allowed to the Ukrainian sailors.

According to the lawyer of the international association Agora, Aleksey Ladin, who protects Vasil Soroka, the “investigator” in Kerch deliberately avoided contact with the lawyer, despite the lawyer’s agreement with the relatives of the injured Ukrainian.

“It is quite possible that this behavior of the investigator, who was aware about the presence of a lawyer under the agreement, nevertheless petitioned to arrest Soroka, without notifying me, speaks of the physical pressure that my client may be subjected to,” he said.

Ladin will file a complaint against the actions of the “investigator” and intends to nevertheless take part in the defense of Vasil Soroka.
 
The Kremlin-controlled Kiev District Court in Simferopol, on November 27, arrested 12 Ukrainian sailors for two months: Andriy Oprysko, Volodymyr Varimez, Serhiy Tsybizov, Viktor Bespalchenko, Yuri Budzylo, Volodymyr Tereshchenko, Serhiy Popov, Mykhail Vlasyuk, Bogdan Golovash, Roman Mokryak, Serhiy Chuliba and Vladislav Kostishin. They were left in custody until January 25, 2019.

During the trial of the captured sailors, the “police”, “bailiffs” and the Russian riot policemen arrived to the building of the “Kiev district court”. Crimeans came outside the "court" building to support the prisoners. Only the propaganda Russian media were allowed to the “meeting”.

8 Crimean lawyers defend the captured Ukrainian sailors. Journalist Anton Naumlyuk published a list of 24 Ukrainian sailors detained by the FSB in the Kerch Strait.

They are charged with illegal border crossing under Part 1 of Article 322 of the Criminal Code of Russia.

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