: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russia Extends Ukraine Sailors’ Detention Amid Prisoner Swap Talks


A Russian court on Wednesday prolonged the detention of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured last year near Crimea, in the midst of sensitive prisoner-swap talks between the two ex-Soviet neighbors.Moscow’s Lefortovsky district court ruled that the sailors must stay in detention for an extra three months until Oct. 24. After the hearings, the sailors were escorted out of the courtroom by masked security officers as relatives and supporters applauded. Some wiped away tears.Relatives sported yellow bracelets bearing the names of the sailors, who face up to six years in prison on charges of illegally crossing Russian borders.In the cramped courtroom, the …read more

Source: Voice of America

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