"The Embassy of Ukraine in the Swiss Confederation expressed support for Ukrainian sailors - prisoners of war in the Russian Federation, who were attacked, fired and captured on November 25, 2018 in neutral waters near the Kerch Strait," the press service of the embassy reported.
The embassy recalled that "on January 15, 2019, the Russian court in Moscow neglecting the principles of international law extended the illegal arrest of all 24 Ukrainian sailors."
"We call on all partners to support the Ukrainian sailors in order to free our defenders," the report reads.
On November 25, 2018, Russian border ships fired on and seized in the Kerch Strait three Ukrainian vessels that were moving from the port of Odesa to the port of Mariupol. A total of 24 Ukrainian sailors were captured.
Russian-controlled "courts" in occupied Crimea arrested all sailors for two months, and they were taken to Moscow.
All Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia told investigators that they are prisoners of war.
On January 15-16, the Lefortovsky District Court in Moscow extended the arrest of all 24 Ukrainian prisoners of war until April 24.
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