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Russian court prolongs detention of 6 of the 24 Ukrainian sailors from Kerch Strait incident

Russian court prolongs detention of 6 of the 24 Ukrainian sailors from Kerch Strait incident

Moscow’s Lefortovo Court on Wedenesday ruled to prolong its custody of six of the 24 Ukrainian sailors detained for breaching the Russian border in the Kerch Strait last November. The detention term for the trio was prolonged for three months, until October 24.

Similar applications by investigators regarding the other sailors will be heard in the near future, the court heard.

Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova said earlier on Ukrainian television that Moscow was ready to release the Ukrainian sailors and return the ships, based on Kiev’s commitment to ensure the sailors’ further participation in the proceedings.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told journalists on Monday that Moscow and Kiev were discussing a possible exchange of the Ukrainian sailors.