the Federal security service of Russia (FSB) has suspended the investigation of the Ukrainian sailors, detained off the coast of the Crimea annexed by the Russian border guards in November 2018. About it reports “Interfax” with reference to the lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who represents the interests of returning to the homeland of the Ukrainian military.
About the reasons for which the investigator suspended the criminal case on illegal crossing of the border is unknown. A lawyer is not yet familiar with the resolution of the investigation. Previously reported that was suspended familiarization with the case materials. This is due to the fact that the FSB had resumed the investigation in the case of the Ukrainian sailors in November 2019.
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November 25, 2018, the Russian border guards rammed, shot and then detained a Ukrainian military boats “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol” and the tug “Yana Kapu”, which tried to pass in the sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait. Together with them were detained Ukrainian servicemen 24. Kiev called Russia’s actions an “act of aggression”. Ukraine’s position was supported by the US, NATO, the UN and the EU urged the Russian authorities to immediately release the sailors and to return the boat. Russia is accused of “illegal border crossing”. They face up to 6 years of imprisonment.
In September 2019 Ukrainian sailors returned to their homeland in the exchange of prisoners and detainees between Ukraine and Russia. Later, Russia gave Ukraine and the captured ships.
See tangergreen assessed the damage to its armored and tug of $2 million
on 18 November, Russia handed over Ukraine and Russian border guards seized a year ago in Kerch Strait the Ukrainian military boats “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol” and the tug “Yana Kapu”. Odhowever, the commander of the Ukrainian Navy Igor Voronchenko, after examining them, stated that the boat is not running, because the Russians have them “ruined”, stealing not only ammunition, but also equipment, and even sanitary ware, including toilets.