Denisova in Moscow meets with relatives of captured Ukrainian sailors

Denisova in Moscow meets with relatives of captured Ukrainian sailors

Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Liudmyla Denisova has arrived in Moscow to participate in "court hearings" in the case of the captured Ukrainian sailors.

In a post on her Facebook page, Denisova wrote: "We have arrived in the Russian Federation to participate in court hearings on the extension of the preventive measure for the Ukrainian prisoners of war, which will take place at the Lefortovo court on Wednesday, April 17. We want to support our sailors detained as a result of the act of undisguised aggression by the Russian Federation in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018.”

Denisova said that the meeting took place at the Embassy of Ukraine in Moscow with the participation of relatives of detained sailors and consular employees of the embassy.

"They [the employees of the Ukrainian embassy] told us the latest information on the status of prisoners of war. According to them, the young men are in good mood and expect they will be released," the ombudsman noted.

Also, at the meeting, relatives asked to hand over products and things for the prisoners of war and, according to Denisova, "tomorrow the purchased things will be handed over to our sailors to the Lefortovo detention center”.

On November 25, 2018, Russian security forces seized three Ukrainian Navy vessels in the Kerch Strait and captured 24 Ukrainian servicemen. Three of them were wounded in the attack.

Subsequently, the seamen were taken to Moscow, where they are held in the Lefortovo jail.

On April 17, Moscow’s Lefortovo district court will hold hearings on the extension of the arrest of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait.


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